Education

Bungoma student captured on CCTV footage during arson attack arrested

Police from Bungoma West have a rested a form two student who is believed to be behind the arson attack at Friends school Namwela Boys High.
The CCTV footage captured the student as he torched one of the dormitory last night.
The retrieved footages revealed how the 18-year-old student sprinkled suspected petrol at one corner of the dormitory last night, before he beetled off through a window after dropping a lighter.
The fire which spread fast throughout the dormitory flamed up leaving nothing to salvage. Luckily, none of the students was injured in the 8pm incident.
Cases of arson in schools have been on the rise ever since schools reopened early January.
Last week saw a number of secondary schools razed down by fire with students being at the centre stage of the attacks.
The Ministry of Education has condemned the arson attacks with the Education CS directing that students from the affected schools should not be admitted to other schools.
CS Magoha partly blamed parents for failing to instill discipline among their children and said parents must bare the cost of reconstructing destroyed schools.
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion further called for abolishment of boarding schools to give parents an opportunity to guide their children past learning hours.
“It is time for this country to abolish all boarding schools and have state-of-the-art day schools. We want parents to regain their skills of guiding their own children after work. A teachers’ job is to impart knowledge and values between 8 am to 5 pm,” he stated.

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