Mbale Comprehensive High School closed after fire outbreak

Mbale Comprehensive High School has been temporarily closed and over 150 students sent home after fire gutted the boy’s dormitory leaving three students dead, five injured and property worth unspecified amount of money destroyed.

The deputy Resident District Commissioner Mbale, Ms Pamela Watuwa, said they have decided to close the school in order to pave way for investigations.
Ms Watuwa called upon parents and students to be calm saying they closed the school in order to institute an investigation into the cause f the fire and why the teacher closed the dormitory in which students died from.

“We have closed the school to pave way for our investigations. And also to help our students to go home and be counseled and rehabilitated by their parents. The students are still in shock after losing their colleagues and propertybut the school will be opened after two weeks time,” said Ms Watuwa.

She made the remarks yesterday while addressing parents, guardians, students, Teachers and other government officials at the school.
Ms Watuwa, however, said the candidate classes will be left in the school to read and prepare for mock examinations.

“As investigation continue, we have decided to send Senior One, Two and Three home he said,”
She blamed the dormitory warden for locking the dormitory from outside and the school for making windows with strong metallic bars and permanent, making it very difficult for the students to escape for their dear lives.

She said preliminary investigations by the security team in the district reveal that the school dormitory that burnt was poorly planned with several standard education ministry requirements to fight fire missing.

Mr Micheal Kisoro, the district secretary for education and sports, told the Daily Monitor that most of the boarding schools in the district don’t have adequate facilities.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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