Over 200 students affected in Kaimosi dormitory arson attack
15 July 2016, 20:34
Nairobi - A dormitory was razed in an arson attack at Kaimosi Boys High School in Hamisi constituency, Vihiga County.
The Friday morning fire followed suspension of seven students from the school who had been found to abuse drugs.
School principal Tom Shivisa said they highly suspected the suspended students to have come back in a revenge mission.
“The school had been on its daily programmes when the incident happened,” he said.
He added, “Seven students were suspended due to cases of indiscipline.”
He said those who ran to the scene of crime noted someone who was in civilian clothes jumping the fence and running away.
The fire affected over 200 students who lost all their property in the razed dormitory and a neighbouring one that had been doused with petrol.
Following the incident, students from the school have been sent home until next week when things will have normalised at the institution.
Some of the students who spoke to The Standard on Saturday said there have been increased cases of indiscipline at the institution.
“Students often sneak out to have drugs such as bhang and alcohol that is easily available in the neighbouring Cheptulu market,” one the students said.
Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association national vice chairperson Kahi Indimuli said the increased cases have caused concern for school heads.
“We feel hurt when institutions and property is destroyed,” he said.
He called on legislators to introduce a bill that will seek to reduce the age limit for imprisonment from 18 years to 15 so as students find culpable are jailed.
“Some students believe they cannot be jailed even if they carry out such acts,” he said.
County director of education Sitome Kinaya said the ministry will not compromise on discipline standards of students in schools even if they resort to acts of arson.
The fire adds woes to the Ministry of Education that has been grappling with cases of arson attacks on almost daily basis in the last month.
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