Seven girls killed in fire at Kenya high school

Seven girls killed in Kenya school dormitory fire

The Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i said investigators have established that the fire was not an accident but arson and police are following leads on specific suspects.

The girl, who is in Form One, said during the commotion, electricity went off even as the fire spread and the smoke engulfed the dormitory. "We have chose to close the school for two weeks", Matiang'i said.

Numerous fires were set by students protesting harsh discipline, poor teaching and corruption, said Canadian Elizabeth Cooper, assistant professor of International Studies at Simon Fraser University, who spent four years researching the subject. "First by drinking a detergent and, second by trying to suffocate herself using a pillow", said the source.

The deadly fire which broke our early Saturday, September 2 morning, is said to have been caused by a Form One student who had tried to commit suicide twice. I sleep in the one adjacent to the one where the fire started.

The police could not verify the girls' claims and opted to remain mum over the suicide claims and the the ongoing investigations by extension. It was not clear how many fires were deliberate.




Mr Matiang'i said the "politicization of school headship and responsibility in the education sector" were "not right", adding that he was "saddened that we have lost our children". Others choked and fainted as they were heading out and we pulled those that we could.

"Students learn that authorities don't respond until they present a threat", she said.

Several students shared this narrative, but the Nation could not authenticate it independently.

This came even as parents, teachers and government officials converged on the school on Sunday.

But Tasha's parents, Titus and Zippy Wanjala, are glad that they were finally taking their daughter home.

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