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.
The minister suggested that the indiscipline witnessed recently in schools is a result of a lack of parental guidance.
“Children do not need money, they need your time. You must allow your child to go through life,” he remarked.
He vowed to ensure students involved in unruly behavior such as arson cases are dealt with accordingly.
Maranda High School is among institutions that reported fire incidents in the wave of school fires that rocked the country during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Two suspected cases of arson were reported in the school in one month. Several students linked to the incidents were arrested. The case is ongoing.
Meanwhile, Mogoha has also suggested that gay students should be taken to day schools as one way of dealing with the issue.
“Right now, there are contemporary cases of children who are homosexual and lesbians, they must go to day schools close to their homes. Your (Head teachers) responsibility should be for the greater majority and not a few individuals. Do not allow yourself to be intimidated by children,” he said.