Gendia High School in Homa Bay hit by wave of school fires as a dorm is reduced to ashes

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BY CORRESPONDENT,HOMA BAY,12TH JULY 2018-A  dorm at Gendia High School in Rachuonyo North Homa Bay County has been reduced to ashes in the ongoing wave of school fires across the country.

The school becomes the third to lose a dormitory in Homa Bay after Kandiege Mixed Secondary and Oriwo Boys High.

The School principal Reuben Kodiango  who confirmed the incident  told journalists  that  cause had not been established.

The fire started a few minutes after 5am and the dorm was still burning by 7.30am on Thursday.

The dawn incident happened as students undertook their morning preps.

Mr Kodiango said nothing was salvaged, with some students losing all their belongings.

“We have lost a dormitory to inferno with students belongings razed to ashes,” he said.

Homa Bay County Police Commander Marius Tum said they were investigating the incident.

The incidences continue to be witnessed  even after Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed issued new measures to curb the now seemingly out of hand situation.

On Monday, Ms Mohamed ordered all boarding schools to double the number of teachers on duty over the next two weeks, with greater emphasis on surveillance of boarding facilities when students are attending evening preps.

The ministry has also directed school administrations and boards to take firm steps to ensure learning continues unaffected.

Quality assurance officers in all counties have been directed to file daily reports on the security situations in their regions with clear explanations on any existing gaps.

Various top performing schools in the country have so far not been spared.In Nyanza alone  giant schools such as  Maranda High School, Kisumu Girls, Ng’iya Girls, Ambira, Maliera, Onjiko, Otieno Oyoo, Chulaimbo, Oriwo, Ngere, Kandiege, Usenge, Barding, St Augustine Nyamonye, St Mary’s Girls Mumias and Litein Boys High School have been affected since  the fires begun close to a month now with property worth millions  of shillings going up in smoke.

The schools have also been closed with students been advised to go home.

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