Dormitories in Kivaywa Boys High School in Malava Sub-County and St. Peter’s Mumias Boys High School went up in flames on Sunday evening, destroying property of estimated value.
At St. Peters Boys Mumias, the fire, which was detected at 6 p.m., burned down a section of the dormitory accommodating 90 students who lost their personal belongings.
The school principal, Crisphinus Owino, said no injuries were reported as firefighters from Kakamega County responded swiftly to the incident.
“We don’t know whether it’s an electrical fault and it was deliberately started by one of the students. We are still investigating to establish the cause of the fire,” said Mr. Owino as reported by Nation.
At Kivaywa Boys, Lugari MP Nabii Nabwera paid a visit to Kivaywa Boys High School on Sunday evening after it was reported that one of the dormitories, Kilimo Dormitory, was on fire.
The incident was reported at around 9:00 p.m. and is suspected to have been started by a group of rogue students.
Reports on social media earlier indicated that two dormitories were on fire at the extra-county school.
The MP, who studied in the school, in a message seen by the Western Kenya Times, expressed dismay over the incident and the lack of discipline by students.
“Colleagues, I have had a tough evening. The best school in my constituency, Kivaywa High School, with 1400 students, has had one of its dormitories burned by students,” he said.
The MP engaged the school administration, teachers, and students over the matter.
“Leaving the school now. But with assistance of the local community, we have apprehended five students who are crucial suspects. One has accepted. Discipline in schools is such a big challenge,” he wrote.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.