Maranda High School closed, 3 students arrested over dormitory fire

Maranda High School closed, 3 students arrested over dormitory fire

Maranda High School.

  • The Boaz Owino Complex, which houses Form One students, was seen burning at around 11:00 am on Sunday and the fire was later put out with the help of Siaya County government brigades.
  • The school’s Board of Management Chairperson Eng. Carey Orege while speaking to Radio Ramogi confirmed that the three students apprehended are in Form Two, adding that they are currently helping with investigations.

Maranda high school has been closed and three students arrested for interrogation following Sunday’s fire that razed a 630-capacity dormitory.

The Boaz Owino Complex, which houses Form One students, was seen burning at around 11:00 am on Sunday and the fire was later put out with the help of Siaya County government brigades.

This prompted the school administration and other stakeholders to convene an urgent meeting that resolved to close the school indefinitely on Sunday.

The school’s Board of Management Chairperson Eng. Carey Orege while speaking to Radio Ramogi confirmed that the three students apprehended are in Form Two, adding that they are currently helping with investigations.

On Wednesday, over 400 Form Four students were sent home for allegedly threatening to burn the institution.

The students, according to a teacher who spoke to Radio Ramogi on condition of anonymity, had allegedly refused to sit for internal mock exams.

The threats, the teacher said, were written on toilet walls, an issue that drew curiosity amongst the other students, with ten reporting the matter to the administration.

The students were sent home following a decision by the school's Board of Management that met at the institution on Wednesday morning. 

Siaya County Director of Education Nelson Sifuna confirmed that the internal mock exams, which were supposed to be done on Monday, December 6, had since been suspended.