Students of Lang’ata Boys High School gaze at not less than 14 years in jail if the prosecutor proves case against them.
13 of them were charged with burning their dormitory and two classrooms worth Sh5.4 million between July 7 and 24.
The students denied the charge on Tuesday and were freed on a Sh100,000 cash bail each.
Parents to some students who are minors have been directed to deposit their IDs with the court to make sure they attend the next court proceedings.
The prosecutor has expressed reservations saying the accused persons, who allegedly plotted arson using their parents’ mobile phones, would interfere with witnesses who are their schoolmates.
The application was however rejected by the defence arguing that the students are traumatised and are set to sit for their exams.
A warrant of arrest was issued to one of the student who failed to appear in court to answer to the charges.
The students had been in remand since July 26. Police had sought to keep them in detention while they investigated the fires.