By Peter Amunga
Ndivisi Boys’ Dormitory has also been burned down. The boys’ school was awakened to a devastating experience as one dormitory was consumed by smoke and fire. Evidence of damage can be seen everywhere within the dormitory as students lost most of their personal effects – books, clothes, buckets, blankets, mattresses, etc. – to the fire.
The police have arrived at the scene to investigate the possible cause of the fire. However, with the increasing number of students’ unrest in the country, it is no-brainer to see that the students are burning their own homes away from home. The current inferno is one among many in a new wave of students’ rampage across the country just days after school reopening. So far, Mbakalo Secondary School, Itigo Girls, Kisumu School, Chebarke Boys’ High School, among others. Also burning tonight is a boarding primary School in Nyamira. Tonga Omonuri primary Boarding school with over 1000 learners who may have to spend night in the cold due a fierce fire at the school that has razed down dorms.
Whether the current incident is one among these students-led destruction or just an unfortunate accident remains to be seen. The aggressiveness of students can be attributed to KCSE exams in the horizon, schools pushing students to pay school fees, and Covid-19 effects.
All these factors place significant amount of stress on learners who are already in a teenage stage where they are in a full spree of biological maturation. Citizens have now taken their frustrations to the social media to demand for action against the new trend of school burning and strikes.
Even as the Ndivisi Boys High School falls victim of fire, KCSE candidates have no option other than to sit for their national examinations in March. Thus, setting their schools on fire is an action in futility.