Scores of students were injured in a fire at a dormitory at a school in Bomachoge Borabu, Kisii, on Wednesday.
The learners at St Peter’s Nyamesocho Secondary School had rushed into the facility to salvage their belongings.
They students were in class at about 8pm when they heard a loud explosion.
Kisii education board chairman Henry Onderi said the dormitory that housed more than 100 students was razed to the ground. Two of the school’s dormitories were destroyed in a fire last year.
Onderi said the students were taken to hospital.
School fires have become the trend but investigators are yet to establish the causes of most of the incidents.
Jairus Onchoke, county chairman for the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association called for the closure of schools for a month until the unrest is addressed.
“If we are going to burn a school a night we may not have schools. The trend is worrying,” said Onchoke.
Other schools affected by fires include Naikuru High, Nyamache Secondary and Itierio Boys’ where seven dormitories were burnt.
A total of twelve schools have been affected in Kisii and Nyamira counties.
Education CS Fred Matiang’i was summoned by the Senate’s Education Committee to explain the unrest.