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Magoha: Students Linked to Arson Incidences to Be Blocked from Public Schools

Education cabinet secretary George Magoha has said that students who will be linked to fire incidents in schools will now be blocked from joining any other public school.

The CS noted that the directive would help curb these indiscipline cases in schools as he was speaking during a tour of schools in Machakos county on Monday.

He also commented on the public debate that has been going on over the weekend about closing schools due to the increasing cases of arson, stating that no schools will be closed.

“It looks mundane and juvenile to burn a building. It is stupid, it’s primitive and must stop. We are not closing any schools,” he stated.

During the weekend, Kenyans flocked social media platforms pointing an accusing finger at the cs, accusing him of inaction following a wave of school fires sweeping across the country.

The latest school to join the list of shame was Mwala Girls Highschool where a 216 students’ dormitory was reduced to ashes in the morning of Monday November 8, as confirmed by ACC1 Damaris Mutanu.

On the same day, Maranda high school also experienced a fire incident with a dormitory housing 500 students burning down as per a police report.

On Saturday November 6, a dormitory in Kakamega Highschool was also burnt down and 16 students landed into trouble over being linked to the incident.

Ugly scenes were also witnessed at Buru Buru Girls Highschool last Sunday as students were seen jumping through windows to evade choking from a burning dormitory.

Two girls who were accused of masterminding the arson operation have already been arrested and are set to be arraigned in court. According to detectives leading the investigations, the duo was spotted leaving the dormitory before the fire began.

Students are expected to take a half term break on Friday November 19 and resume studies on Tuesday November 23.

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