118 dor­mi­to­ries burned in Kenya ar­son at­tacks

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NAIROBI — More than 100 high school dor­mi­to­ries in Kenya have been burned in a wave of ar­son at­tacks over the past three months.

Kwale High School along the In­dian Ocean coast be­came the 118th sec­ondary school whose dor­mi­to­ries were burned in the at­tacks. The Kenya Red Cross on Satur­day posted pic­tures of the fire at Kwale High School Fri­day night.

Kenya’s Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto said ear­lier this week that de­spite the fires the gov­ern­ment schools will not be closed early. He blamed the fires on un­named car­tels fight­ing re­forms to curb cheat­ing in the schools’ fi­nal ex­ams. Of­fi­cials say the cheat­ing is big busi­ness.

Kenya’s Teach­ers’ Union gave a dif­fer­ent ex­pla­na­tion, say­ing the stu­dents have burned the schools to protest re­forms in­clud­ing the ex­ten­sion of sec­ond term. — AFP

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