Student sets family house on fire over pocket money

A form three student in Marakwet West Sub-County is on the run after torching the family house due to a disagreement with his father over upkeep money.

The student refused Ksh1000 pocket money he was given by his father, Jacob Kilimo demanding Ksh 2000 which the father refused to give arguing that there were other siblings who had to go to school too and also required pocket money, transport and school fees.

Confirming the incident, Koibirir location Chief Allan Cheserek, said that the boy, who is a form three student at Kapcherop Boys Secondary School said that the other siblings should not get much since they are day scholars.

The student razed down the family home and granary destroying property of unknown value before fleeing.

Schools reopened Monday after a 10-day break. The third term marks the end of a crash academic programme that started after the Covid-19 pandemic.

This year schools had four terms, that lasted 10 weeks each. The normal school calendar will resume in 2023 on January 23 when schools reopen after a two-month break.


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