Three students of Karima Boys High School in Nyeri were Monday charged before an Othaya court with attempted arson on one of the school’s dormitories.
The Form Two boys allegedly wanted to set on fire a Form Four dormitory, named after former President Mwai Kibaki, in an apparent bid to demand an early mid-term break.
The three reportedly sneaked out of school and went to Othaya Town and bought three litres of petrol.
According to the school’s deputy principal Mr Ndung’u, who was in the school at the time of the boys’ arrest, the students sneaked out of school during the return of students who had attended a contest in Thika.
“We had students attending a contest in Thika so when they returned there was some confusion which gave them the chance to leave the school,” he said.
The students’ plan to burn the dormitory accommodating 126 students was thwarted after the motorbike rider whom they had hired to transport them tipped off the police and the school’s deputy principal.