People Daily Team @PeopleDailyKe
Five more schools were yesterday morning closed indefinitely after school property, including classrooms, dormitories and offices, were burnt in the latest wave of students’ unrest. Students of Nyaguta Mixed Secondary School in Nyaribari, Kapchekwor in Baringo, Elburgon (Nakuru), Kapsokwony in Mt Elgon and St Peter’s Natwana (Uasin Gishu) were sent home indefinitely following the separate infernos.
At Nyaguta, more than 300 students were sent home after a dorm was torched at around 11.30am while they were in class. The county fire brigade and paramedics rushed to put out the fire and give affected students first aid. Principal George Ondari said 100 students lost all their property and appealed to well-wishers to assist them.
Kisii Central Deputy Director of Education Charles Nyaribo said a team of his officers has been dispatched to help in investigations on the cause of the fire.
At Kapchewpkor and Elburgon, the fires destroyed property worth millions of shillings with Kapchepkor citing Sh20 million loss after four classrooms and an administration block were torched.
However, no casualties were reported in the two schools. Kapchepkor Principal Jackson Chepkonga said the fire occurred at 2am when student were asleep while his Elburgon counterpart Ben Mungai said he suspected arson attack from external forces.
At Kapsokwony, the largest of its four dormitories —with a capacity of 209 — was burnt. The 209 students were hosted by their colleagues in the other three dormitories as the administration contacted parents to make arrangements for the students to travel home.