In the past five years, there has been a rise in fire related accidents in schools and has been proven most of the time to be set up by students in secondary boarding schools. These students tend to burn their own schools due to some reasons that may either affect them directly or indirectly.
Here are some reasons that contribute to students resulting to fire as a course of action:
- Peer pressure
- Fear of exams
- Drug abuse
- Poor school nutrition
- Lack of a voice in relation to decision making
- Teacher-student relation
- Poor public relations
- A student’s emotional state
- The relevance of study material to actual life
1. Peer pressure
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.
2. Fear of exams
Some students result to burning there school property knowing very well that it will delay the onset of examinations, and therefore, have more time to read. 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. Drug abuse
In high schools today, there is a percentage of students that have already used drugs or are still in use. The main excuse used by students is that drugs make them more alert and raises concentration thus resulting to the passing in school work. 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.
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 to rebellion students may result to burning school property so as to be heard by the school of their grievances.
Some schools do not offer extracurricular or extra activities in the school thus resulting to boredom. Even for a chance to be going home some students may result to burning school property.
6. 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 is 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.
7. 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 to burning either school property or a teacher’s property for revenge.
8. Poor public relations
This is in regard mostly to the relations between schools through competitions and activities like in sports. In Kenya most of those activities relating with other schools is encouraged. Therefore, students in schools where there is none may feel that for this issue to be addressed then a grave accident must take place. This leads to starting a fire at school.
9. A student’s emotional state
The lack of a strong counselling system in a school may lead to fatal results. Students face different challenges in life and if they lack a person to confine in, then it slowly builds up in their minds. Some students may result to starting fire in school compound as a way of letting go.
10. The relevance of study material in real life
It is proven that most of the successful entrepreneurs used their skills to grow their businesses and that their involvement with education only played the tiniest part. Students may feel as if there is no importance in studying due to that. Sometimes, this decision is made after a student has been discouraged to continue reading. This might cause students to rebel by starting fires.