Pupils and students across all learning institutions will not be allowed with portable sanitizers when entering schools, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha has announced.
Magoha while banning the use of portable sanitizers by students in schools decried the use of the decontaminators which he said could be used for arson in learning institutions.
This comes after an inferno razed part of a dormitory at Cheborge Boys Secondary School in Kericho.
The cause of the fire is suspected to be arson.
“A fire was started using a sanitizer in one of the schools. I want to tell teachers that they must not allow small-bottle sanitizers into schools the portable sanitizers, with students should be taken and returned when the child is leaving school,” Magoha said.
Magoha made the remarks Our Lady of Fatima Girls Secondary School in Nairobi where he was meeting a group of security and education administrators.
Earlier Magoha stated that large quantities of sanitizers will not be allowed in schools, directing that only about five liters will be allowed and will be handled by teachers.
At the same time, Magoha said that the roll-out of the Government’s supply of desks is expected to benefit public primary and secondary schools with a total of 625,000 desks.
Magoha also raised an alarm over absenteeism in arid and semi-arid areas due to lack of food, adding that the government will revive the school feeding program to address school absenteeism especially in ASAL areas.