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Kilgoris students threaten to burn school in ‘solidarity’ with others

Wednesday July 20 2016

Kilgoris Boys High School in Narok County which was closed down on July 20, 2016 after students threatened to set property on fire. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kilgoris Boys High School in Narok County which was closed down on July 20, 2016 after students threatened to set property on fire. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By RUTH MBULA
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Kilgoris Boys High School in Narok County has been closed down after students threatened to torch property.

The students allegedly wanted to bring down their school in a bid to enter into the records of schools that have been razed in the country recently.

Five litres of petrol that were to be used to burn the school were nabbed by police officers who had been called in by the school administration to keep an eye on the students.

The petrol had been hidden in a meter box in the school compound.

Trans Mara West Sub County Education Officer Mr Samuel Sankale confirmed the closure saying the move was taken to avert massive destruction in the school.

Mr Sankale noted that the students just wanted to go home and cited petty reasons for their intentions to torch their school.

“They were demanding for a new bus and new desks. They also wanted not to be forced to shave their hair,” he said.

A wave of unrest has hit several schools around the country leading to over 100 schools being torched.

The decision to close down the school came after Members of the school Board of Management held an impromptu meeting following revelations by some students that their colleagues wanted to burn the school.

“The pupils had to be sent away from school. Tension had been building up among the students and it was the only way we could deal with the unrest,” he said.

Mr Sankale however said form four students were not involved in the evil plans.

A list of students who were allegedly involved in the planning was handed over to Officer Commanding Kilgoris Police Station Mr Jarion Gitonga.

This is the second school in Trans Mara to be closed down after Shartuka Boys Secondary School.

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