Teacher sets self on fire after receiving dismissal letter.

A primary school teacher set himself on fire after receiving a letter of dismissal from the Teachers Recruitment Commission (TSC) for alleged misconduct.

The teacher from Webuye East while driving in Bungoma County was reportedly set on fire on Thursday, December 16, following a ban by his employer.

The teacher is currently in critical condition at a local hospital after being rescued by colleagues from a suicide attempt.

illustration image of man on fire

Confirming the incident, Webuye East Deputy Commissioner Peter Yego noted that the teacher also tried to kill his classmates.

“The teacher arrived at the school at 7.40 am and entered through the back door,” the school security guard noted.

“He started a conversation with a fellow teacher and informed her that he wanted to see the principal. Shortly afterwards, he closed the door to the principal’s office and his deputy’s office and locked himself in the porch overlooking the teachers’ room.

The teacher allegedly poured gasoline through a small open door leading to the offices of the principal and his deputy, then set fire to the office.

Targeted teachers discovered the incident, then rushed to safety through the windows of teachers’ rooms.

A teacher who is facing disciplinary action and who is still suffering from injuries, should be brought to court and fully recovered.

According to the police chief, the teacher will face charges ranging from defilement, attempted murder, suicide and destruction of public property.

This comes as education stakeholders are considering introducing new ways to deal with cases of misconduct among students and teachers.

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