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Police probe two fresh cases of school arson

The Principal told Capital FM News that the cause of the fire was yet to be established though the damage was not extensive/MOSES MUOKI

The Principal told Capital FM News that the cause of the fire was yet to be established though the damage was not extensive/MOSES MUOKI

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – Education officials on Monday held a meeting with Highway Secondary School teachers led by the Principal Patrick Maritim, following Sunday night’s fire incident in the school.

The Principal told Capital FM News that the cause of the fire was yet to be established though the damage was not extensive since it only affected a small section of a dormitory.

He says the school program is running normally despite the incident that saw about 10 students lose their property.

“Things are going normally even as we try to establish the cause of the fire,” he said.

Fire incidents in schools have drastically reduced after the government introduced measures to curb the menace that left hundreds of dormitories burnt down and property of unknown value destroyed.

Still on Sunday night, another school, Kirege High School, in Tharaka Nithi County had a similar incident.

Meru South District Deputy OCPD James Kilonzo said nothing was salvaged in the incident, while indicating that investigations were underway.

Property worth about Sh2 million was destroyed in yet another case of fire in schools this year.

“Members of the public assisted in putting off the fire,” he said.

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The dormitory, which was built recently, had a capacity of 90 students.

Among the temporary measures adopted by the government including having all principals, deputies, teachers in charge of all boarding aspects and other key administrative staff residing in schools at all times.

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

The office, will strengthen and streamline guidance services in schools with the Ministry of Education 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.

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