Kisii: Students in Kisii, Southern Kenya, burnt down seven dormitories after their teachers stopped them to watch a football match on television on Saturday night.
The Itierio Boys High School has lost seven of their 12 dormitories to fire started by students of the school who were angry about a directive by the Principle who denied to allow them to watch a football match in the ongoing Euro Cup competitions.
The students at Itierio Boys Secondary School in Kisii were not allowed to stay up to watch the Euro 2016 match between Croatia and Portugal which kicked off at 22:00 local time (19:00 GMT).
Trouble began with a few students throwing stones and shouting “our rights”, school Principal Andrew Otara said.
This is the worst of the incidents in the latest spate of arson incidents at Kenyan schools. Another school within the same county went up in flames barely six hours after the education secretary Fred Matiang’i ordered a probe into the earlier incident and issued warnings.
“I have already asked some officers in the ministry to deal with this issue. Education officers and police should come up with the joint report with actionable recommendations,” the cabinet secretary said.
He warned that action will be taken against those found culpable, be it teachers or students.
“This shocking and unprecedented destruction of property will not be entertained. No grievance is serious enough to justify the destruction witnessed here,” he said.
The CS asked teachers to reason with students and solve issues diplomatically. “If there is a problem, discuss with students, find a middle ground and improve school governance systems,” Matiang’i added.
Mike O’mera, Nairobi