But Matiangi said the toll had risen to nine after two more students had succumbed to their injuries.
"It was not an accident, it was arson", Matiang'i said of the blaze on Saturday at Moi Girls School in the capital in which nine girls were killed and 10 injured.
She said the news of the fire shook her to the core and she was confused after she received a call from her daughter's class teacher.
Matiang'i said it was unfortunate that students have been lost in the incident.More news: All Myanmar Muslims suffering state-backed persecution: Rights group
In 2016, more than 100 schools across the country were targeted by arsonists. I slept in the one adjacent to where the fire started.
The President expressed his condolences to the affected families while assuring Kenyans that government will unravel the mystery behind the fire and perpetrators will be justly punished.
One of the students said the dormitory will always hold bad memories for her. Cooper said students sometimes cited violent protests by slum residents or university students that successfully publicised their causes, and sought to emulate them.
Those who unfortunately died in the inferno would be identified after DNA tests as they were burnt beyond recognition.More news: Gas prices to continue climb
"Our children don't have phones in school so I rushed here because as a parent I'm anxious, but we have yet to be told where our children are", said parent Joyce Mwambia.
"Some of the fires we have faced before in the sector are related to that kind of thing, politicization of school headship, politicization of responsibility in the education sector". "We can likely expect more fires next year". "Right now, we are focused on managing the wounds to ensure that there are no infections", said Wanjala.
One student's mother could be seen wailing outside the school principal's office, and other parents could be seen at a Red Cross desk set up to handle inquiries.More news: Princess Mako attracted to Komuro's 'shining smile'
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