Bunyore Girls students held for attempting to burn dorm

Bunyore Girls High School

The administration building at Bunyore Girls High School in Vihiga County. Four students of the school were on December 9, 2021 detained at Luanda Police Station for allegedly attempting to burn a dormitory.

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Four students of Bunyore Girls High School in Vihiga County are being held at Luanda Police Station for allegedly attempting to burn a dormitory on Wednesday night.

Luanda OCPD David Ndirangu said the students had already set one of the dormitories on fire when another student alerted the night guards at the school.

Some mattresses and mosquito nets were burnt in the incident, which comes amid concerns over the rise in school unrest witnessed across the country lately.

Mr Ndirangu said there was no much damage from the fire as it was quickly contained.

He said the four students were picked up by police and are helping in investigations.

"This was attempted arson. Luckily, one student detected the fire and alerted the school guards. By then, the fire had started raging although it had not caused much damage," said Mr Ndirangu.

"We picked the four students for interrogation and investigations. They will be charged with attempted arson."

Call to parents

The police boss called on parents to interact and monitor their children as well as educate them on the dangers of burning their schools.

He also called on school administrators to be closer to students to find solutions to whatever troubles them.

Early last month, administrators of Bunyore Girls High School were forced to indefinitely close the institution after students boycotted classes and threatened to burn down its infrastructure.

County Director of Education Hellen Nyang'au said no damage was caused during the recent unrest. Students had just returned to school when the previous incident happened.

Parents were informed about their children’s attempt to burn down the school and asked to send them fare to go home.

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