Maranda High School has been closed indefinitely after fire raged down dormitory on Sunday night.
The decision was reached after a Ministry of Education meeting, allowing the school management to repair part of the 400-capacity dormitory that was burnt down. 178 students were affected.
“There was much tension in the school and some of the students have lost their belongings so we have decided to send the students home to acquire new items,” Siaya County Director of Education Nelson Sifuna said.
Sifuna also revealed that six students have been arrested and taken to custody for questioning at Bondo sub-county police station in connection to the fire incident.
“Six students are currently being questioned over their involvement in last night fire. We are also going to question the security officers who are supposed to man the building,” Sifuna told K24 Digital.
Sifuna confirmed that there were no injuries although the Form Four students who reside in the dormitory lost all their personal belongings.
He called for calm among all stakeholders to allow the school to be reorganized adding that the student will soon be recalled once proper arrangements have been made.
He further stated that the value of the damage at the burnt dormitory is yet to be established and therefore the amount that each student will be expected to pay could not immediately be determined.
He also urged all the principals in the county to be alert and vigilant to avoid such fire incidents.
“This is a wake-up call to schools in the county. All principals must now be vigilant to avert such incidents from occurring in their institutions,” he said.