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Students Committing Arson to Miss Out on University Placement

The increased cases of students burning schools buildings across the country amid student unrest have caused a huge cause for concern among stakeholders of education.

Many views have been discussed on the best way to curb the crisis among them the introduction of corporal punishment in schools, hiring of counsellors in schools and changing all boarding schools to day schools being.

During a media briefing on Wednesday, the 10th of November, Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi who is the Education Principal Secretary for the State Department for University Education and Research said that learners who are involved in the fire incidents should not be placed to universities.

Besides, the PS revealed that they are working on multiple fronts to bring the culprits to justice.

“ In the case, that it is recorded by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) that a learner is involved in school fires if it is about opportunities they should not be allowed to join university because they can continue doing the same there and it will cost us,”  said PS Nabukwesi.

Nabukwesi urged students to maintain discipline saying that their actions will harm their future prospects.

He also said that any students who burn their school will be cursed.

“Not matter how much they learn, such a person will not benefit the society,” he said.

Nabukwesi’s sentiments come amid the government’s directives in light of the recent fire incidents in schools across the country.

In previous times, Cabinet Secretary for Education Prof George Magoha announced that the government will treat school fires as criminal offences and that these offences will taint the criminal records of the culprits harming their future prospects.

According to CS Magoha, the culprits involved will not be allowed to join public schools. The CS made this announcement while attending an event at Machakos Boys High School.

“You will not go to any other school…not a public school in this country. You will go back and ensure your parents contribute to the rebuilding of the school you burnt.

At the moment of writing this article, more than 45 learners had been nabbed for causing fires in their learning institutions.

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