, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 11 – More schools were torched Tuesday night even as the government vowed tough action against perpetrators and assured of measures to curb the incidents.
Most incidents occurred in the Nyanza and Western where dormitories in at least five schools went up in flames in suspected arson cases.
Schools affected are Kisii High, Chianda Secondary School Siaya, Makhokho Secondary school in Kakamega, Dr Aloo Gumbe Secondary School in Kisumu and Thurdi-buoro High School in Nyakach where casualties were reported.
This brings to more than 20 the number of schools burnt by students in Nyanza only, as even more incidents crop up in other counties.
The Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti warned that he will press criminal charges against students or teachers found to be involved in the arson cases.
Elsewhere, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed stated that the delocalization of teachers across the country will not stop even if it is the cause of unrest in schools.
Speaking after a visit to the Kisumu Girls High School, Mohamed said that the exercise will even be scaled further.
There has been a fear that the delocalization led to the current wave of school unrest, leaving a trail of destruction.
“This country belongs to all of us and we must be ready to serve in any corner so that practice is not going to stop, it will not stall, and we are not going to slow it down,” she stated.
Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) Chairman George Magoha who accompanied the CS on her tour stated that the exams would be done one way or the other – even under trees – despite attempts at disruptions.
“The examination is very secure. It has been set, it will be seen on the morning of the examination so stop burning schools or throwing all these tantrums. We are not going to be moved,” he stated.
“If you like, burn more, we will administer those exams under trees, but we are not going to be intimidated by acts of hooliganism. It is three months to exams and the normal student should be studying now preparing themselves, bot burning down schools.”