Six Maranda High School students have been arrested over the night inferno that reduced a dormitory to ashes.
According to Siaya County Director of Education Nelson Sifuna, the suspects were roaming around the dormitory the same time it went up in flames.
“After scrutinizing CCTV footage, there were six students seen moving around the dormitory, the six of them have been picked as suspects and handed over to security agencies for further interrogations,” said Sifuna.
As a result, Sifuna said, the school has been closed as the management sets up a temporary structure to accommodate the affected students.
“The management has sent students home so that they can work in a conducive environment to put up a temporary hostel and to ensure calmness in school,” he added.
He also noted that the affected dormitory had four wings. The affected wing accommodated 178 of 400 students.
All the students escaped unhurt.
Sifuna also noted that this incident is a wake-up call for school heads within the county.
“This incident is a wake-up call to all heads of institutions in the county, they should be cautious of school security as they will be held accountable,” he continued.
Other schools which have experienced fires in the last few weeks are Chavakali Boys High School in Vihiga County, Kanjuri High School in Nyeri County, Buruburu Girls in Nairobi among others.
This comes after the government ordered school heads to release learners in both primary and secondary schools for a midterm break starting November 19 to 23.