County Assembly of Uasin Gishu speaker, Isaac Terer has asked the National Security and Intelligence Services (NSIS) to investigate the growing number of school arson cases around the country. Mr. Terer said that there is more than meet the eye with cases rising day by day.
Watch the Press briefing here: Speaker Terer Calls on NSIS to Probe School Arsons
“The NSIS should tell Kenyans what they are doing to unearth the real cause of the students burning down their schools? They have been mandated to investigate and therefore they need to do their job properly.” Mr. Terer said.
He pointed out that the children in these schools are aping what their leaders are doing when there is a disagreement within their ranks.
“We the politicians have always resorted to mass action and burning of tires on the streets whenever we disagree with each other. Our children are doing coping us and doing the same.” Mr. Terer added.
Also the County Assembly Committee on Education Mr. Daniel Sanga pointed out laxity in the security apparatus whom he blamed for not preventing the rampart arsons in the schools.
Mr. Sanga decried that a lot of property worthy of millions that took ages to set up all goes into flames within minutes.
“The investments our parents put in many years past to build these schools is being destroyed by our children. These children are behaving as if there is no neither government nor rule of law in this country.” Sanga said.
Mr. Terer also noted that the changes in school calendar, the curriculum and teacher code of conduct are also areas to be looked on as possible causes of unrest in schools.
The leaders urged all stakeholders beginning with Education CS Fred Matiangi, Teachers, Parents, Political leaders and students to come together and look into ways of stemming the current ill in the schools.
The number of schools being set ablaze by students has been growing in the past a couple of months. The recent addition to the number has been St. Patrick’s Iten Boys in Elgeyo Marakwet County. St. Patrick is known as the home of nurturing record breaking athletes including 800M Olympic record holder David Rudisha.