CS Magoha Supports Drug Tests On High School Students

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Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has welcomed a move by Maranda High School management to demand drug tests from students before allowing them back in January.

The Siaya-based school notified parents this week that all students will be required to undergo a mandatory drug test from a certified Nacada health facility before readmission. They will also be required to pay a fine of Sh5,125 in damages fee following a dormitory fire reported in the school early this month.

Addressing members of the press in Mombasa on Thursday, the CS said it was high time such measures were implemented due to the recent spike in unruly behavior in schools.

He indicated there is evidence some students are using drugs.

“A drug test is thoroughly in order because children are using drugs. Are you doubting it?” He posed.

“Children do not need money, they need your time. You must allow your child to go through life,” he said.

He vowed to ensure students involved in unruly behavior such as arson cases will be dealt with accordingly.

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