By PATRICK VIDIJA and GIDEON KETER
The opposition wants the ongoing school unrest declared a national disaster and immediate closure of all schools.
Cord leaders on Thursday said this would avoid further destruction of property.
Led by Senate minority leader Moses Wetangula, the legislators said keeping the students in schools amid escalating arsons is putting their lives at risk.
more than 20 lawmakers also demanded an open and public inquiry into the cause of the fires.
Their statement comes just hours after Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, KUPPET threatened to boycott duty if schools are not closed within seven days.
Kuppet claimed that the current escalating incidents of school fires had made learning institutions insecure for teachers.
They also asked the state to unconditionally release all teachers held in custody following their suspected links to the students’ unrest.
Dormitories in more than 115 schools have been burnt for the past two months.
The latest to report an incident is Garbatula national school in Isiolo county – which was razed on Thursday.
The fire was reported shortly after dormitories at Madogo secondary – which borders Tana River and Garissa counties, and Ganze Girls in Malindi went up in flames on Wednesday night.
But Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion said the fires are due to the radical reforms introduced by CS Matiang’i and a board formed to probe rampant cases of exam cheating.
Some schools have been shut following the destruction of property worth millions of shillings but some administrators have stayed put.