Maranda Boys, Rangala Girls Closed As Taranganya Boys School Teacher Is Arrested Over Arson Attempt
Two schools in Siaya County have been closed indefinitely, and a teacher in Migori County has been arrested in connection with student unrest.
On Sunday morning, students from Maranda High School and Rangala High School were sent home, and a teacher from Taranganya Boys School was arrested in connection with an arson attack at the institution.
Rangala’s management sent 1,000 students home to avoid property destruction after they demanded to be released for the December holidays.
According to Stephen Onyango, chairman of the School Board of Management, the students became unruly and insisted on going home.
Onyango said the students are not used to being in school in December because that is when they travel to places like Dubai and South Africa.
“The principal tried to calm them down, but they would hear none of it. We consulted and agreed that the principal releases them to go home before they resort to damaging the school property,” he said.
However, even after the communication, some students broke windows and destroyed CCTV cameras and lighting points, according to Onyango.
“There was an attempt to access the food store, but this did not succeed… The principal is currently meeting the relevant offices over the matter. We will communicate the way forward once we reach an agreement,” he said.
He stated that preliminary information indicated that upper-class students influenced lower-class students to join the fracas.
“The principal already has a few names who were involved. The principal is equally quantifying the damage caused, which shall be passed to all the students on a pro-rata basis. Let us pray for the school and the students,” he said.
The management of Maranda High School in Bondo has closed the school indefinitely following a Sunday morning fire that destroyed the second floor of the Boaz Owino Complex.
Hundreds of students could be seen in Bondo town by 2 p.m. boarding public transportation vehicles to their various destinations.
The incident comes just a week after Form Four students were sent home indefinitely after allegedly threatening to burn down the school.
A teacher and a student were arrested in Migori after an arson attack.
On Saturday night, police believe the two started a fire that razed a dormitory at Taranganya Boys High School in Kuria West sub-County.
Cleti Kimaiyo, the Kuria West sub-County Police Commander, stated that the teacher and a student are in their custody.
Kimaiyo stated that two mobile phones had been recovered and were being held as exhibits for forensic examination. Both are being held in custody pending further investigation.
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According to the officer, the matter was reported by the school’s principal, Gabriel Kiyeny.
The fire broke out around 2130 hours, while the students were still in class. Unknown suspects are said to have jumped over the fence next to the dorm.
Around 200 students are accommodated in the dormitory.