Kenya: Girls' school fire claims 7 lives, 16 wounded

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Kenya's education minister said on Monday that arson was to blame for a weekend fire that killed nine pupils at a girls' boarding school and that there had been similar attacks on other schools around the country.

Police said the cause of the fire is yet to be known but they suspect arson and the school, which has an estimated 1,183 students, has been closed for two weeks to facilitate investigations.

The incident comes four months after a government led taskforce recommended drastic measures to ensure the safety of students in schools but whose implementation still remains unclear.

He previously said the school, which has almost 1,200 students, is "one of our top schools in the country and".

The report on unrest in learning institutions previous year that was released in May pointed out that dormitories in most schools had no emergency exits or had blocked emergency.

In one case, boys had drained water tanks and cut phone lines before setting fire to their principal's vehicle and pushing it into his home.

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A sombre mood, whispered conversations and faces that tell a story of pain, confusion and unanswered questions greet you as you enter Moi Girls School, Nairobi.

But Tasha's parents, Titus and Zippy Wanjala, are glad that they were finally taking their daughter home.

One of the students said the dormitory will always hold bad memories for her.

"We have a corporate account with the school, which is our neighbour, and so the ministry will chip in as promised to help clear the balance of those discharged as well", he said.

"Some of the fires we have faced before in the sector are related to that kind of thing, politicisation of school headship, politicisation of responsibility in the education sector". It was not clear how many fires were deliberate. "It is not right", he said in a televised press conference.

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