Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha says parents will fully bear the expenses of rebuilding classes and dormitories burnt down by their children.  According to Prof. Magoha, the school fires that have seen several institutions closed down appears to be driven by a syndicate benefitting from the tragedies.

The school fires led to injuries among a number of students forcing the Ministry of Education to allow a half term break for all learners in the country between November 19-23 where initially there had been none. The burden of ensuring that students resume school to an environment considered perfect for learning, away from such burnt skeletons, now remains solely on the parents.

Prof. Magoha also asked that parents utilise the half term break to engage with their children. While several students have been arrested with a few others charged following the burning of school property, the ministry is issuing a warning to those planning to commit similar offences.

Meanwhile, 6 students from St John’s Girls High School Sirende in Trans Nzoia County were arraigned in Kitale and charged with intent to commit a felony; they denied the charges.

The case will be mentioned on the 9th of this month.

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