Maranda High School is located in Siaya County, Kenya. It has a good performance record, especially since the inception of the 8-4-4 Curriculum in Kenya. The current principal is Dr Edwin Namachanja who succeeded Mr Boaz Owino.
The secondary education institution is approximately 5 kilometres from Bondo and has a consistent long time record in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. The principal is Edwin Namachanja. The school as of 2018 had a population of about 2400.
History of Maranda High School
In the year 1919, the late Shadrack Osewe Agot, who was by then a divinity tutor at Kapiyo village, decided to get a place to reside without interference from the locals. He was a believer of God and a former Maseno High School teacher.
A man by the name Migaya Obura from Nyamira, a village just next to Kapiyo, approached Amolo Raila (Raila Odinga’s grandfather) for land. He and Osewe were former Maseno teachers. Amolo agreed to give out some of his lands. The area was named Maranda because of its height on Kamayuje and Kowak clans’ soils.
Mr Osewe Agot, popularly known as Jaduon’g (Old Man), started by building his house and later a church. His first pupils were all elderly who mainly learned how to write and read the word of God. Eventually, Jaduon’g employed the first teacher by the name Daniel Okon’go in the year 1923. He was one of Osewe’s primary pupils in Maseno School, and his central role was to teach reading, arithmetic, and writing.
Mr Osewe later resigned from teaching the word of God to concentrate on educating locals to read and write. He recruited numerous teachers such as Ibrahim Odinga, Stephen Machiala and Hezekiah Aseso. Osewe was paying them Ksh. 6 as salary for their work.
Around 1927 to 1928, Maranda became a boarding school. Jaduon’g Osewe received a lot of respect for such an initiative that changed the lives of locals. He could convince members of the school fraternity to work hard enough towards uplifting the standards of the school.
He even went to the extent of mobilizing people to ding a pond which would provide water to students for washing and bathing. The facility was named after him. Today, Maranda High School legacy has grown big. It is no wonder that over 2,000 students are currently admitted to the national institution.
The high school ranks consistently in the top 10 schools in Kenya in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examinations, coming in 4th in 2010, 1st in 2011, 7th in 2012 and 2nd in 2014.
Maranda High School fees structure
Recently, the government released a school fees guideline that all national public school should adhere to Maranda being one of them. As a parent or guardian, you will be required to pay the following amount:
Teaching-learning material and exams: Ksh. 0
Boarding equipment and stores: Ksh. 32,385
Repairs, maintenance, and improvement: Ksh. 2,960
Local travel and transport: Ksh. 1,621
Administration costs: Ksh. 3,516
Electricity water and conservancy (EWC): Ksh. 6,302
Activity fees: Ksh. 798
Personal emolument: Kshs. 5,755
Medical and insurance: Ksh. 0
The total amount of fees payable by a parent/guardian should be around 53,554 in a year.
The school closed on September 20, 2012, after a fire in a dormitory that was thought to be caused by an electrical fault. There was another major fire in the school in January 2013, which destroyed two dorms
Maranda High School contacts
Keep in mind that the school operational hours is between 8.00 am and 5.00 pm.
Physical location: Bondo Constituency, Siaya County.
Phone number: 0777700140
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Postal address: P.O BOX 120 – 40601, Bondo.
Official website: marandahighschool.sc.ke
School code: 42700005
1. Maranda High School | National Boys’ School in Kenya. Maranda High School | National Boys’ School in Kenya. Published October 5, 2018. Accessed May 3, 2021. https://marandahighschool.sc.ke/#