Mama Ngina Girls Secondary School in Mombasa has been closed indefinitely following a third arson attempt.
Mombasa County Education Director, Peter Magiri confirmed that the institution has been closed after students attempted to burn the school's dormitory.
“Education and security officials have been here since 6:00 a.m in the morning after we received news of yet another attempt to burn the school, so we decided to avert any form of unrest, that could have led to the loss of properties and casualties, by sending all the students home," Magiri said.
The county education director underscored that this was the third failed attempt to burn the school.
“On Sunday there was another attempt that was foiled by security agencies that have been camping at the school following the first attempt barely two weeks ago, the fire was put off before it spread to other areas,” he said.
He added that the students had attempted to burn the dormitory through a store located inside the washrooms.
Magiri further stated that the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers had taken over the arson case and students suspected of having been involved in the arson attempt will be arraigned in court once investigations are concluded.
"It is now a criminal matter which is being investigated by police, they are recording statements both from the teachers and the subordinate staff, once investigations are concluded those found culpable will be preferred with the relevant charges”, he added.
He also stated that the over 1000 students will be re-admitted to the institution afresh.
“This is a case of indiscipline and the board will hold a series of meetings and we have already directed that all students will seek re-admission afresh,” he said.