Heartbreaking, Parents At Kakamega High School To Pay 21.6 Million To Fix Burnt Dorm, Is This Fair?

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 A dormitory on fire at Kakamega high school which welcomes more than 500 students on November 6.

 Students at Kakamega High School will pay 21.6 million shillings to repair damage suffered in the November 6 fire that razed a dormitory.

 In a statement dated November 11, seen by The Standard, Sh21,611,350 was reached after a board meeting on November 10.

 According to the school administration, the actual damage according to the estimate of the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, and Housing amounts to 12.1 million shillings.

 Management has also factored in 695,420 shillings for the cost of installing CCTV in the dormitory which has not yet been built, with the cost of the 280 double-decker beds estimated at 4.1 million shillings. which brings the figure to 21.6 million shillings.

 Each of the 2,200 students was ordered to pay ShSh 8,932 on report day to repair the dormitory.

 "The total damages is 21.6 million shillings, divided by 2,200 students, each student will pay 9,832 shillings."

 Parents were also ordered to pay all outstanding fees and arrears for the second trimester in full.

 School principal Gerald Orina confirmed that the statement was released after the council meeting and that the numbers were correct.

 “These numbers came after our professional assessment of the burnt dormitory,” he told The Standard over the phone.

 Students have been called back and will begin showing up on November 15, with the last batch checking in on November 25.

 "Learning will resume in phases, students in form four are due to report on November 15, their counterparts in form 1 on November 21, students in form two are due to report on November 23, while students in form three on November 25,” the circular read.

 The school administration will, however, donate a mattress, two blankets , and two sheets to students whose items have been damaged by the fire.

 A school dormitory that housed more than 500 students caught fire on November 6 after the students left for morning preparations.

 No casualties were reported during the 6 a.m. fire, the cause of which was not immediately established.

 Orina said the fire was put out with the help of county government firefighters.

 After investigation, 16 students linked to the fire were arrested.

 Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George Magoha said last week that parents would fully bear the expense of rebuilding classrooms and dormitories burnt down by students.

 Magoha said the school fires that led to the closure of several institutions appear to be caused by a union benefiting from the tragedies.

 “Parents will build all these burnt down dormitories, period. The government will not pay a dime,” Magoha said.

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