Fire Outbreak In School not an Accident

Seven girls killed in Kenya school dormitory fire

"We have a school environment where there are arguments about local communities and the head teachers and they foolishly take it on to the point of destroying school property and getting into criminal activities to make a point", Matiangi said.

There has been a spate of similar attacks on schools in different parts of Kenya, Mr Matiang'i said.

"We have lost seven students in this unfortunate incident", Education Minister Fred Matiangi said when he visited the Moi Girls High School in Nairobi.

"Some of the fires we have faced before in the sector are related to that kind of thing, politicisation of school headship, politicisation of responsibility in the education sector".

One student claimed that the fire begun from the said girl's bed and spread to others.

Students she interviewed complained about poor food, scarce teaching materials, harsh teachers, and management that ignored their concerns. If a pupil needed hospital treatment, the principal drove them himself and charged the family, she said.

In 2016, more than 100 schools across the country were targeted by arsonists.

In one case, boys had drained water tanks and cut phone lines before setting fire to their principal's auto and pushing it into his home. "Right now, we are focused on managing the wounds to ensure that there are no infections", said Wanjala.

They were angry that he had been collecting money from their parents for three years for a school bus, but had not bought it.

"We can not resolve a conflict on the headship of the school by burning a school". Nearly none of the cases have been successfully prosecuted. "So most of the people were panicking". "We can likely expect more fires next year".

One student's mother could be seen wailing outside the school principal's office, and other parents could be seen at a Red Cross desk set up to handle inquiries.

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