SOME DEMOTED

Maranda teachers transferred in wake of school fire

The changes come as the trial of three students begun at a Bondo court on Tuesday

In Summary
  • Deputy principal, in-charge of administration and finance, Stephen Adongo has been transferred to Kanga Boys in the same capacity.
  • Speculation is rife that the school's deputy in charge of academics and principal Edwin Namachanja will also be transferred.
Boaz Owino complex that was gutted down by inferno at Maranda High School on December 5.
RESHUFFLED: Boaz Owino complex that was gutted down by inferno at Maranda High School on December 5.
Image: DICKENS WASONGA

Teaching and non-teaching staff of Maranda high school have been reshuffled following the school fire on December 5.

Deputy principal, in-charge of administration and finance Stephen Adongo has been transferred to Kanga Boys in the same capacity.

George Ogola Anyango from Kanga takes over as the new deputy in-charge of administration and finance at Maranda.

Maranda's head of physics Peter Ochieng takes over from Raphael Otieno as director of studies.

Otieno who has been transferred to Kisumu Boys was earlier transferred to Ahero girls high school before his transfer was rerouted.

The Star has established that there are a lot of uncertainties at Maranda with more transfers in the offing. 

Speculation is rife that the school's deputy in charge of academics and principal Edwin Namachanja will also be transferred.

Namachanja took over four years ago from Boaz Owino who in 2011 led Maranda in topping the country in the KCSE examinations.

In the wake of the fire incidents at Maranda, Namachanja moved his secretary to the registry section and picked a lab technician as replacement in an acting capacity.

Last December, a team of auditors from the Ministry of Education camped at the school for days. They combed through financial records relating to tenders and information on creditors.

A source at the school said, teachers and other non teaching staff are unhappy with the changes effected so far.

"Guys want all those at the top transferred. They also want the board replaced. We feel some of the guys at the top of administration are being protected by education officials in the county," the source said.

Anyango and Adongo, the two deputy principals who were affected by the transfers, are both chemistry and maths teachers.

"Both teachers have been long serving deputies in job group D2 with same teaching combinations," the source said.

The Star established that those affected by the changes had been cleared and released by their respective principals.

The changes come as the trial of three students from Maranda begun at Bondo law court on Tuesday. 

The school's principal, two teachers and a security guard were among the prosecution witnesses that testified on Tuesday before principal magistrate John Nandi.

The prosecution side is expected to close their case this week.

The three suspects were arrested on December 6 following a fire incident that razed down the top floor of Boaz Owino complex on the morning of December 5. 

Maranda had reported another fire incident on November 7 forcing the school to close indefinitely.

During the incident, 178 students lost their property after fire broke out at Ogango dormitory. 

Six students were arrested but were later released after detectives probing the matter failed to get evidence linking them to the arson.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

Boaz Owino complex that was gutted down by inferno at Maranda High School on December 5.
ARSON: Boaz Owino complex that was gutted down by inferno at Maranda High School on December 5.
Image: DICKENS WASONGA