Students of Bungoma High on Friday set on fire one of their dormitories to protest alleged mismanagement.
The students accused principal Samuel Kaunda, who has been at the school for two years, of running down the institution. This is the second time the dorm has been burnt this term.
When contacted by the Star, Kaunda said he could not comment. He said senior officials are better placed to speak. Bungoma county commissioner Stephen Kihara said they are investigating.
County Knut secretary Ken Ng’ang’a called the incident unfortunate. He said students’ complaints must be looked into.
“Stakeholders are giving the Ministry of Education a seven-day ultimatum to transfer the teacher who has wrecked the school,” he said.
No student was harmed during the fire, which began during morning preps. Property estimated to cost ShSh2 million was destroyed as firefighters were too late.
One student told the Star there is a shortage of water at the school. “Students are unable to wash their uniforms, clean classrooms and dormitories or even take a shower. We are afraid of contracting diseases because of poor hygiene.”
The students also protested against dilapidated floors in most of the school’s buildings and overcrowding in dorms. They said new students are being admitted and they are forced to share beds.
They said there are no revision books in the school library while the dining hall lacks enough seats and tables. Students complained about fewer games activities.
A teacher who sought anonymity said, “The school’s performance has been dismal since the principal took over.”