Kenyan students burning their schools for longer holidays

Kenyan students burning their schools for longer holidays

A report by the BBC shows that Kenyan students are burning down their schools in an attempt to have longer holidays.

Kenyan students burning their schools for longer holidays

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Kenya's Standard newspaper reports that education officials identified major reasons behind these unrest; some being poor school leadership, the imposition of stricter rules and drug abuse. A BBC correspondent, Muliro Telewa, reveals that western Kenya is mostly affected by these arson attacks as students relate the action to "peer pressure playing a part in the copycat fire incidents."

Also, Kenya's education cabinet secretary, Fred Matiang'i has told Kenya's Senate Committee on Education that failure to take action against perpetrators for the increasing cases of the arson attacks. According to him, close to 317 cases of arson attacks have been reported since 2007 - a development which has seen government successfully prosecute less than 20 percent.

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Meanwhile, Kenyan authorities say they are stepping up efforts to investigate the recent bouts or arson attacks as students are being warned against such acts. Kenya currently boasts of 3 categories of secondary schools; state-funded schools, private schools and Harambee ones that are most state funded.  Also, the east-African state boasts of 30 universities out of which 23 are private and 7 state funded.

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