Students sent home to buy supplies razed in dorm fire

The dorm building that burned down in Mokowe Mixed Secondary school in Lamu West. PHOTO: NATASHA NEMA.

Lamu, KENYA: A total of 68 students whose property was razed down in a night dorm fire at the Mokowe Mixed Secondary school in Lamu West on Thursday last week have been sent home to buy themselves new supplies.

The school administration said the 68 are those adversely affected having lost entirely every single of their possessions in the fire whose cause is yet to be ascertained.

Among the items the students have been asked to replace are mattresses, metal boxes, school uniforms, shoes and other personal effects.

The school administration estimated the property lost in the nigh inferno be worth over Sh.7.5 Million.

The mixed school has a total of 393 students some of whom are boarders while others are day scholars.

Speaking in Lamu on Sunday, Lamu West Education Officer Josphat Ngumi said the 68 who have been sent to buy new school supplies are expected back in school on Tuesday.

He said the learning at the school continues as usual despite the fire incident.

Ngumi said the female students,the day scholars and boys from other dormitories hadn’t been affected by the incident and as such a decision had been reached for the school to continue with learning.

“The school remains open. The few who were affected have been sent to buy new effects and report back to school on Tuesday bit learning goes on,” said Ngumi.

The officer, however, insisted that the cause of the fire hasn’t yet been established and asked people to stop speculating since investigations were underway to solve the mystery.

Meanwhile, over 200 students of Witu secondary school who had been sent home after they went on a three-day hunger strike in protest of bad food at the school are expected to report back on Monday.

The students had apparently refused to eat or learn for three days protesting the bad food being prepared for them at the school.

The administration decided to send them home for a week fearing for their health and probability that the situation would result in an incident at the school.