More than 150 students of Koderobara boys high School in Migori county suffered losses after their dormitory was razed by fire on Tuesday night.
According to the school administration the cause of the fire is still yet not known , “We have reported the incident to the police in Rongo Town and they have launched investigations on what might have caused the fire” said one of the senior teachers name withheld.
The students lost bedding, books and other personal belongings worth millions of shillings and have been sent home as to pave way for construction and purchase of new beds.
This comes barely three days after the education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha said teachers and school prefects on duty to be held culpable for school fires.
Prof Magoha said in a number of incidents reported across the country, teachers have been reporting that they do not know the causes of the fires yet they are tasked with the day-to-day running of the institutions.
“The role of the teachers is to enforce discipline and offer counselling to learners. Don’t allow learners to be more intelligent than you,” Magoha said while meeting education stake holders in Kisumu.
He advised teachers to ensure that dormitories are inspected and locked each morning, and the learners’ movements monitored. “We should ensure there are no more fires in schools by having a system that works to tame the vice.”
The CS advised learners to remain disciplined and warned that investigations would reveal the identities of those behind the fires. Their details, he added, will be included in a database “that can be used against them in their entire career.”
Magoha said it was time to hold a national conversation on the issue of corporal punishment and urged parents to show more concern for their children.
On the delivery of school desks, the CS said his ministry was impressed with the process of equipping selected primary and secondary schools with 625,000 desks under the Sh1.9 billion Economic Stimulus Programme.