Maranda Boys School shut down indefinitely again
For the second time in a row, Maranda High School has been closed indefinitely.
The students attempted an arson attack on one of the dormitories, which resulted in the closure.
After a series of threats to demolish the dormitory, the administration was forced to release over 400 students on Wednesday, December 1.
The Form four students allegedly refused to take their mock exams, prompting them to threaten to burn down the dormitory, claiming they did not want to stay in school any longer.
According to a teacher at the school, the students issued threats by writing them on the toilet walls, expressing their displeasure with the mock exams.
In an interview with a local radio station, the teacher confirmed that some students reported the incident, prompting the institution to take action.
Nelson Sifuna, the Director of Education in Siaya County, confirmed that the internal mock exams scheduled for Monday, December 6, had been cancelled.
The closure comes just over a month after the students returned to school after their dormitory was destroyed by fire on November 7.
The arson attack burned down a dormitory that housed 200 students, destroying property worth millions of dollars.
In response, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha warned on Monday, November 8, that students involved in school fires would be barred from enrolling in public schools.
During a tour of schools in Machakos County, the CS stated that the directive would help reduce indiscipline in these educational institutions.
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He went on to say that setting fire on school grounds was primitive and that schools would not be closed due to increased indiscipline.
“It looks mundane and juvenile to burn a building. It is stupid, it’s primitive, and must stop. We are not closing any schools,” stated the CS.