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Maranda High School Burnt Again, Closed Indefinitely

Maranda High School in Siaya County has been closed indefinitely after the institution was for the second time on Sunday morning, December 5 set on fire.

The 630-capacity Boaz Owino Complex which hosts the Form One students was gutted by the inferno that started at 10.30 am, destroying property of unknown value.

Bondo Deputy County Commissioner Richard Karani revealed to the media that firefighters from the Siaya County Government were deployed to put out the fire.

A fire that razed a dormitory at Maranda High School on December 5, 2021. /TWITTER

The inferno came after Form Four students of the school were sent home indefinitely after they allegedly threatened to burn the institution on Tuesday evening, November 30.

The over 400 candidates were released by the school administration to go back home until further notice, according to one of the teachers who spoke to a local radio station on condition of anonymity.

The students had refused to sit for the internal mock exams and even threatened to burn the school.

The students were sent home following a decision by the school’s Board of Management that met at the institution on Thursday morning, December 2 following the threats that the students had allegedly issued on Tuesday evening.

The teacher went on to reveal that the students had written the threats on the walls of the toilets, an issue that drew curiosity amongst the other students who then reported the matter to the administration,

Siaya County Director of Education Nelson Sifuna confirmed that the internal mock exams which were supposed to be done on Monday, December 6 were suspended and the students sent home indefinitely.

The decision came only two weeks after the students returned from home after the whole school was closed following a dormitory fire at the school on November 7, 2021.

Three days prior, the six students who had been arrested in connection with the dormitory fire were set free by Bondo Principal Magistrate’s Court without being charged due to lack of evidence.

Entrance to Maranda High School in Siaya County. /STANDARD DIGITAL

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