A presidential directive will be issued in the next few days to order the closure of Qaranic schools in Senegal where basic safety standards was found to be inadequate.
Speaking on the scene in central Dakar where nine children were burnt to death by a fire which gutted a Qaranic school, President Macky Sall said on Monday that nothing will be left to chance as far as safety requirements were concerned and spoke about the introduction of stringent measures to improve housing standards in populated areas.
Sall said schools that failed to meet the standards set by his government would be shut down without compromise.
He also criticized such schools for neglecting the welfare of the children under their tutelage and called on those responsible for running them to improve living conditions.
The fire which began in the early hours of Sunday gutted the school located in the Medina district of Dakar where some children were sleeping. According to accounts from witnesses, a misplaced candle had caused the inferno.
The mayor of the city of Dakar, Khalifa Sall said the work of the fire brigades was disastrously hampered by the cloistered nature of the neighborhood which is densely populated.
Source African Press Agency
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