The number of schools that have been torched in the second term alone have gone past the 100 mark while the rate of arson standing at 5 schools per day. The latest school to be burnt is Garbatullah High in Isiolo county, bringing the total number of schools so far affected by the arson crisis to 113 with majority of these schools being closed indefinitely. This is even as the High Court today ordered that 8 Sunshine School students to be charged after reversing a magistrate’s decision for an out of court settlement. Tens of students from others schools have since been arrested in the month of July in connection with the arson in schools.
In Uasin Gishu County, a teacher was on Wednesday arrested in connection with the torching of two dormitories at Leseru Secondary schools. Shadrack Ngetich was, however, released under unclear terms after being held at Central Police Station in Eldoret for close to ten hours.
The arson crisis has also prompted Education CS Fred Matiang’i to hold a series of meeting with other stakeholders to end the stalemate.
Matiang’i today met with members of the clergy and that of the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development to deliberate on the matter with a view to exploring ways of ensuring long term solution to the problem.