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Matiang’i calls crisis meeting with clergy, school heads over arson

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A statement from his office states that the meeting to be held at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development will be attended by representatives from the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association/FILE

A statement from his office states that the meeting to be held at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development will be attended by representatives from the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 27- Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has called for a consultative meeting on Thursday with members of the clergy, to help find a solution to the escalating school fires.

A statement from his office states that the meeting to be held at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development will be attended by representatives from the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association.

Views of the meeting will be incorporated in recommendations of a similar one held on Wednesday, between the Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Ministry of Education officials and head teachers representatives.

TSC Secretary Nancy Macharia said everything is being done to resolve the crisis that is threatening the country’s education system.

In the meantime, she said they have agreed that in boarding schools, “all principals, deputies, teachers in charge of all boarding aspects and other key administrative staff will reside in school at all times.”

A fully fledged counselling office will be established in all secondary schools in a bid to cater for social and academic needs of a student.

The office, she said, will strengthen and streamline guidance services in schools saying, “Already a policy framework is being developed to this end.”

Among other measures set to be put in place include enhanced communication between students, parents and teachers more so in addressing grievances.

Cases of arson have continued despite several students being arrested and arraigned in court.

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Earlier on Wednesday, seven students were arrested following the fire incident at St Patrick’s School in Iten, where a dormitory was destroyed.

The students were taken in by police after suspicion that they were involved in the planning and execution of the arson attack.

Reports indicate that Nyahururu Boys High School’s dormitory was burnt on Wednesday afternoon, while a secondary school in Nakuru was been closed after five litres of petrol was discovered in one of the dormitories.

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