Kenya: Arson attack in Schools

More than 100 schools have been set alight in the past few months in Kenya, with officials blaming students.

In a space of three months, 113 secondary schools have been partially destroyed by arson.

The cause of the fires is still not clear as some officials blame it on exam cheats who are alarmed at a crackdown and reforms to the education sector.

5 schools went up in flames in one night last week.

Some 150 students have been arrested and 45 charged with arson as Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, blamed head teachers for failing to put in place “coherent and focused structures for engagement in schools.”

The Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i, is due to meet members of the clergy to find solutions to the school fires.

The meeting comes a day after one held between the Teachers Service Commission ,Officials of the Ministry of Education and Head Teachers’ representatives.

The hashtag #EndSchoolFires has been trending in Kenya.


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By Sydney Chesterfield on July 29, 2016 · Posted in Reports, Trends

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