In an effort to curb the recent arson cases witnessed in schools, Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha has announced that teachers and prefects on duty will be held liable for school fires. 

Speaking in Kisumu County on Saturday, CS Magoha said it's time teachers heightened vigilance in schools to prevent arson cases that have been on the rise in the country. 

“We shall hold the teacher and perfect on duty accountable when there are school fires. The children should know that this crime will haunt them for the rest of their lives,” the CS announced. 

DCI Warning to Students 

CS Magoha's announcement comes barely a week after the directorate of criminal investigations (DCI) warned students that any charges preferred to them will reflect on their certificate of good conduct.

In a statement by DCI, parents, and guardians were warned to advise their students accordingly since any criminal record will be a permanent feature on their police clearance certificate. 

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"This is to, once again, warn every student from primary school, secondary school, college, and university that the directorate of criminal investigations is archiving and consolidating charges that may be preferred to each and every student involved in any crime.

"Let each student be informed that it will automatically be reflected on the police clearance certificate (Certificate of good conduct) when such student will apply for one. This will be a permanent criminal mark that will bar many students from achieving their goals as no employer of worth will dare employ such characters,'' part of the statement from DCI read.