In Summary
  • Dorms have been burnt at Giakabei High School, Merti Muslim Girls Secondary, Adega Mixed Secondary, St Stephen Secondary and St Patrick's School Iten.

Dormitories in at least five schools were burnt on Tuesday night, adding to the almost a hundred institutions that have reported fires in the last couple of months.

Tuesday night fires happened at Giakaibii High School in Nyeri, Merti Muslim Girls Secondary in Isiolo, Adega Mixed Secondary in Homa Bay, St Stephen Secondary in Narok and St Patrick's School Iten in Elgeyo-Marakwet County.


At St Patrick's Iten School, a timber-walled dormitory housing 88 students went up in flames

Confirming the incident, the school principal Wilson Yego said the fire broke out at about 7:30 pm.

Mr Yego said that no one was injured during the fire.

"It is so unfortunate that this has happened in our school. We least expected that it could happen," said the principal.

Addressing the press at the school administration block, Mr Yego said the dormitory was a donation by a well-wisher in the early 1980's and students loved it because it had many cubicles.

All the students' belongings were destroyed.

Elgeyo-Marakwet County Commissioner Fredrick Ndambuki said his security team would take charge of the school pending investigations.

"I want to promise the entire school administration and the community that we are going to do thorough investigations and make our findings public," said Ndambuki.

Elgeyo Marakwet County Assembly Speaker Albert Kochei has also petitioned Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i to order the closure of all schools.

"I am asking the Education CS to close all schools so that these temperatures can go down because recently [we have heard of several fires in schools] and the situation seems to be getting out of hand," said Mr Kochei.

An old boy of the school, Governor Alex Tolgos said that it was unfortunate that the fire had happened.

"It is so unfortunate that the dormitory that housed me while I was a student here has been reduced to ashes. We will do thorough investigations to ascertain the cause," said Tolgos who was among the leaders that arrived at the school shortly after the fire.

Fire fighters from the Uasin Gishu County in Eldoret arrived at the scene moments later and put out the fire.


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