Efforts are underway to ensure two laboratories and a home science lab razed by fire at Moi Girls high school in Eldoret on Thursday night are rebuilt and equipped promptly.
Principal Secretary (PS) State Department for Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Esther Koimett assured parents, teachers, students and the public that the facilities will be reconstructed urgently to ensure students have their practical lessons normally as soon as possible.
Koimett who was addressing journalists at the school said officers from the Ministry of Public Works had already visited the school and were continuing with an assessment to ascertain the extent of the damage.
“The officers will be able to give us an assessment of the damage and how much it will cost to restore the structures,” she said, adding that the labs need to be restored in the shortest time possible to allow students to continue learning.
The PS said the school board will meet to plan for an alternative space to be used as a lab in the meantime to allow students to continue with lessons pending the construction of new facilities.
Koimett who is the chairperson of the board of Moi Girls assured parents that no one was hurt during the incident and that normalcy has returned at the institution.
Ainabkoi Deputy County Commissioner Charles Laboso said preliminary investigations indicate the fire could have been caused by an electrical fault, adding that there is no sign of foul play.
“We are happy that there was a prompt response from the county fire department that managed to put off the fire before the inferno spreading to cause more damage.
By Brian Kipkenei