JPM: Check safety in boarding schools

17Sep 2020
Henry Mwangonde
Bukoba
The Guardian
JPM: Check safety in boarding schools
  • Directs RC to free remanded gutted school owner

​​​​​​​PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday directed the relevant authorities to conduct thorough inspections in all boarding schools in the country to ensure that operators of the facilities adhere to set safety standards. 

​​​​​​​PRESIDENT John Magufuli.

Dr Magufuli was addressing a campaign rally at the Gymkhana grounds in Bukoba municipality, where he said this must be done as a precautionary measure to avoid incidents such as the recent blaze at a school in Kagera Region which killed ten pupils and injured several others.

Fire incidents cannot be allowed to continue claiming the lives of innocent pupils, he declared, insisting that action should be taken action by inspecting schools-especially boarding schools and ensure that fire fighting systems are working properly.

“That must be done before registering any school,” the president underlined.

Fire broke out at close to midnight at Byamungu Islamic English Medium Primary School, in Kyerwa District, killing ten pupils aged between six and 12, leaving six others critically injured.

During the rally, attendants observed a one-minute silence in honour of the fallen children, lost in a tragic fire incident after their dormitory was gutted by fire.

The president also directed Kagera Regional Commissioner Brig Gen Marco Gaguti to ensure that the owner of the school, identified as Abdul Bushagama, who was in police custody pending investigation, is released forthwith.

The government would bear the costs of burial for the deceased, he declared.

Kagera regional authorities closed the school for five days as a probe team comprising of officials from security organs was formed to train the light on the fire incident.

Inspector General of Police Simon Sirro who visited the scene of the accident on Monday said that DNA analysis will be carried out to identify the remains of the fallen pupils.

Sending condolences to the bereaved families, IGP Sirro said no stone will be left unturned in investigating the circumstances of the fire outbreak..

The fire outbreak happened at around midnight on Sunday night in a dormitory where 74 pupils were sleeping. The injured children were rushed to Nyakahanga Designated Hospital (DDH) for treatment.

Kyerwa District Commissioner Rashid Mwaimu has sent condolence messages to parents who lost their children in the incident, appealing for calm and cooperation to establish the cause of the fire outbreak

The boys school has a total of 127 pupils in Standard One to Six, while the dormitory that was gutted by fire had 74 pupils aged six to12 years, officials noted..

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