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Reasons why students resort to burning schools in Kenya

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Over the past few years, students have set fire to hundreds of secondary schools across Kenya. Why students are setting fire to their schools has been the topic of repeated investigations by police, education officials, government inquiries, and journalists. These students tend to burn their own schools due to some reasons that may either affect them directly or indirectly.

These fires majorly occur when the schools are approaching exams and the real questions include but limited to; What cause the fire in Kenyan schools? Who is to blame or to be accountable for these fires?

Below are some listed reasons why Kenyan schools are burned

1.Drug abuse

Some of the students who start these fires are under the influence of drugs. The main excuse used by students is that drugs make them more alert and raise concentration thus resulting to the passing in school work. Their exposure to drugs like bhang influences their thinking ability and eventually, they are unable to handle the pressure that comes with learning, school rule, and exams and as a result, they opt to chaotic behaviors. Some students use fire accidents to offer as a distraction to acquire drugs inside schools or some of those accidents are caused by sparks or lighter or matchbox when present.

2. Peer pressure

Bad company ruins good morals, during adolescence, many young people are easily influenced. Most of the time the urge of a student in high school, to perform a certain task is normally driven by peer pressure no matter right or wrong. In the case of burning school, some of the students that are usually involved, assist because of the pressure afflicted on them by their peers to prove they can also do it

2. Fear of exams/poor exam preparation

In most instance, the fires occur a few weeks before the exams, something that can be associated with poor exams preparation and exams phobia. Most of them are usually not well prepared for exams and the results will be dire to them in the long run. Thus to delay exams, they result to such measures.

3. Harassment

In one instance in Nyeri High School, students locked four prefects in a dormitory and tourched it. They accused them of harassment and unfair treatment. Four students lost their lives just because someone felt that a certain punishment given to them was not supposed to be issued.

4. Poor school nutrition

Due to large numbers in high schools, especially public schools, food nutrition is not usually met by the institutions. Therefore, as a result of rebellion students may result to burning school property so as to be heard by the school of their grievances.

5. Lack of a voice in relation to decision making

Some schools lack the democratic system of administration or if any the student leaders are only puppets in the school. The lack of student representatives and the lack of response by the school in regards to student issues are also a concern to students. Thus students feel like for their problems to be heard then school property has to be damaged in most cases, using fire.

6. Social decadence

The rate of social decadence in the country has increased and society has developed crooked attitudes where people do not care as long as the issues surrounding them are not affecting them directly. A good illustration is where students buy petrol from people around the school surrounding. No one questions or gets bothered by the idea that a student in a school uniform is purchasing petrol.

7. Poor parenting

 Some parents do not take the initiative to guide their children. It’s common to find that some of the students who plan to burn their schools have actually been suspended in other schools due to indiscipline. It’s not clear why some students are more indisciplined than others but family background plays a role. When a child lacks proper parental guidance then he/she will likely do what pleases them.

8. Teacher-student relation

Some teachers are biased in the way they relate to students. Some students may be treated favorably and others in the harshest way possible. Those that are not treated well by a certain teacher are normally the ones who result in burning either school property or a teacher’s property for revenge.

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The other side of Linturi

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The politician was elected to the Senate in 2017 after serving as Igembe South lawmaker for more than two decades.

1. Arrested over ‘Madoadoa’ remarks at Eldoret rally

The lawmaker was arrested over controversial remarks he allegedly made during a rally in Eldoret on January 8. His arrest follows a directive by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji to the Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai to initiate an investigation into the remarks. The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) waded into the debate, indicating that the utterances attributed to Linturi could not only bring hate but also likely to affect harmonious coexistence between Kenyan communities.

2. Arrested over Sh530 million bank forgery claim

Linturi was on March 2021 arrested over claims he’d used forged signatures to secure an Sh530 million bank loan with properties of his estranged wife as collateral. In a petition filed before the High Court, Marianne Kitany, the estranged wife of the Meru Senator, accused him of forging signatures to secure the multimillion-shilling loan from Family Bank. The DPP recommended his arrest and prosecution for criminal offenses linked to the loans, overdrafts, and other credit facilities from the lender.

3. Child support claims

In April 2013, a woman accused police of not arresting the Meru Senator after he defaulted on Sh50,000 monthly maintenance as per a court order. The woman claimed police were hesitant to arrest the lawmaker despite instructions from the court. The woman, a dentist, had moved to court in August 2012 after the MP allegedly abandoned her and their three-year-old son. She claimed he evicted her and the child from their house in Kilimani. The woman claimed that she was married to the lawmaker in May 2008 under Meru customary law and the couple was blessed with a son two years later.

4. Charged with attempted rape

Linturi was on September 2021 charged at the Milimani Law courts with attempted rape.

As per the court papers, he was accused of attempting to rape a 36-year-old woman, an incident which said to have taken place in January 2021, at Maiyan Villas Hotel in Nanyuki. Linturi was later released on a Ksh 200,000 cash bail or an alternative of Ksh 500,000 bond by the Nairobi-based court after his lawyer pleaded he be released on reasonable cash bail.

5. Bitter divorce

In 2019, Linturi again treated the public to drama in the courts after her relationship with one Maryanne Kaitany ended in controversy. Kaitany accused him of infidelity and fraud while he denied ever marrying her, claiming he’d invited her to his house as a visitor and she had overstayed her visit.

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Best places to shop Shoes online in Kenya

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Shop at the best online shoe stores to save money on a huge range of shoes – from boots to sneakers to kids shoes and everything in between.

When selecting the best online shoe stores we considered not only the stores themselves, but the way people shop for shoes in 2021.

You have to be able to shop with confidence, knowing that when you buy you can always return footwear at little or no cost, if it isn’t for you. 

The following are our top 5 Kicks e-stores in Kenya:

1.Kicks Kenya

Kicks Kenya is one of the top picks for online shoe stores because it provides an excellent all round service, while offering a good range of shoes at competitive prices.

The website itself is easy to navigate, has excellent product photography, and offers loads of useful information on each product page.

2.Malooku Kenya

If you’re looking for the best prices and opportunities to save more, Malooku is one of the best options.

Malooku also boosts for it’s first delivery of less than 24hrs anywhere in Kenya and ability to track your order.

We love that the picture of the shoes has pride of place, and there are so many images for each pair, showing you almost all the angles you could possibly want to see.

Malooku Kenya also makes a feature of its user reviews, and underneath each product you get statistics from customers detailing information on the shoe.

3.Jumia Kenya

Jumia is a good online shopping site to shop almost anything from. It saves you time, energy and I can say sometimes money. 

Unlike the above mentioned stores ,Jumia Kenya boosts of its wide category of product list.Ranging from kicks to accessories ,outfits to household utilities Jumia is among the leading e-commerce stores in Kenya.

The only disadvantage on Jumia according to client reviews on TrustPiliot the customer care services are poor due to overscaling.

4.Kilimall

One of the best online shops in Kenya with good deals at the most affordable prices. They offer flash sale deals which are cheap and great for ordinary people.

They deliver locally within 5 days and International orders within 15 days and 25 days.

They also accept returns on disputed products.

5.Aliexpress

AliExpress has a consumer rating of 3.13 stars from 6,891 reviews indicating that most customers are generally satisfied with their purchases.

Consumers satisfied with AliExpress most frequently mention good quality, fast delivery and free shipping.

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List of hit songs of 2021

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1.EX’ by Nikita Kering

Songbird Nikita Kering gave us vocals upon vocals with the song off her album dubbed ‘A side of me’

The year has also been good to the 19-year-old as in November, Nikita bagged two awards in the All African Music Awards (AFRIMA)

Kering won the Best Artiste Rnb and Soul category as well as the Best Female Artiste Africa category.

2.‘Ndovu in Kuu’ by Krispah x Khaligraph Jones, Boutross

The song by upcoming singer Krispah makes it to the list thanks to all the drama around the hit track.

From the alleged ‘profiling’ bars to copyright breach, ‘Ndovu ni Kuu’ made it to the list of the top songs in 2021 with over 8.4 million views so far.

3.‘Siskii’ by Mejja

Genge legend Mejja has blessed his fans with hits back to back but unfortunately most of his songs have been flagged on copyright allegations with Youtube deleting them.

That notwithstanding, ‘Siskii’ song released in February was one of the well received songs with fans vibing to the easy-breezy lyrics.

4.‘Pete Yangu’– Bahati ft Nadia Mukami

The song with over 5.2million views is Bahati’s hit song off his album ‘Love like this’ released in June 2021.

5.‘Pombe/Above The Head’– Iyanii

The song gained momentum after President Uhuru Kenyatta lifted the curfew on October 20, during the Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kirinyaga county.

Kenyans celebrated the freedom to party and be ‘outside’ in wee hours with this song right here.

6.‘Back it up’– Nameless and Wahu

Tiktok’s best challenge this year goes to this compilation by love birds Nameless and Wahu.

7.‘Only One'(Dawa ya Baridi) – Mr Seed ft Masauti

The hit song by Gospel singer Mr. Seed was one of the biggest hits after its release in mid-September off his album dubbed ‘Black Child’

It took off with Tiktok challenges and managed to amass over 4.7 million views on Youtube

8.‘Sipangwingwi’– Exray Taniua ft Trio Mio & Ssaru

The younglings gave us the ‘ultimate come back’ for the bad vibes and negative energy in our lives moving forward.

From politicians to influencers, the line is spreading like wildfire and its only prudent to mention.

9.‘Such Kinda Love’– Otile Brown X Jovial

We all loved when Otile Brown reunited with his former signee Jovial for their hit song ‘Such kinda love’

It was so good that the song still hit over 13.5 million views on YouTube.

10.‘Hapo Tu’– Nyashinski ft Chris Kaiga

For the last song on the list, the beautiful compilation of Nyashinski and Chris Kaiga released in the last days of 2020 basically hit the airwaves in 2021.

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