The Minister of State for Higher Education, John Chrystom Muyingo on Tuesday briefed Members of Parliament on the Sunday night inferno at St. Bernard School in the Western district of Rakai.
The Minister confirmed that 9 students excruciatingly died in the blaze that happened after the locking of their dormitory door to prevent escape.
“On Sunday evening fire caught a senior three dormitory at St. Bernard secondary school in Rakai district. It is unfortunate that we have lost 9 students in the incident,” said Muyingo.
Muyingo also confirmed that eight students have so far been arrested as suspects in the horrific event that also left scores of students injured. He told MPs that 9 injured students are undergoing treatment at health centers in Manya and Kalisizo and the badly injured are at Kitovu community hospital in Masaka district.
The Minister announced that government is going to provide financial contributions to the grieving families for burial arrangement and also to the parents of the injured students to cater for medical bills.
“The government shall provide financial help to families that lost their beloved young ones at school to help in burial arrangements. The parents nursing their students in hospitals are also going to be supported,” he announced.
He appealed to schools to take precautionary measures and equip hostels with fire extinguishers and also equip students with skills on fire management.
Meanwhile the Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Betty Aol Ochan during the same session demanded that the 3 ministers of education should resign for failure to stop incidents of fire in schools.