Gayaza high school has appealed for calm among parents and learners following a second fire outbreak in a space of two days.
The first fire outbreak on Friday night burnt Corby dormitory and destroyed all the students’ property to ashes, while the second fire burnt Kivebulaya dormitory on Sunday afternoon.
As news of the second fire outbreak spread, parents stormed the school asking to take their children away until the police finalizes its investigations into the cause of the fires. However, the school administration denied them access.
“What if another incident happens and we lose our children? When the first fire broke out, we were told to stay calm and that is what we did. But just after a few days, we are now hearing that it could have been planned,” parents lamented while shouting at the security guards who had been deployed at the gate to block their access.
One parent who identified herself as Polly says that she was able to speak to her daughter who seemed scared and couldn’t stop crying, all through the conversation. She advised the school to accept that there is a problem and send the children home for a while as investigations go on. She says the children are too traumatized to learn.
“This environment is not conducive for learning. I am telling you the truth, you can lock these girls here for the next one month but they will not understand anything. I am talking as a teacher, I know what it takes for a learner. This is not a conducive environment I am telling you.” she said.
Edison Muhangi, the Kasangati divisional police commander says that they have agreed not to allow anyone inside for the purpose of ensuring children’s safety. URN has also learned that Kasangati police division has asked for reinforcement of more female police officers who are going to be deployed in and out of the school.
Muhangi says that all the children are safe since there were injuries recorded in both indecencies. However, Muhangi refutes notes preliminary investigations are pointing to possible arson.
Meanwhile, as investigations into the matter first on, police in Kasangati have been reinforced with more female police officers who are going to oversee the internal security at the country’s oldest all-girls boarding school.
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