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School Heads Want Mandatory Drug Tests To Curb Unrest in Schools

Secondary school heads have called for the introduction of mandatory drug tests for students in schools ahead of the new academic year.

The school heads also want the existing policy to be changed to make all students answerable to cases of destruction to school property during the school unrests that have occurred from time to time in the past academic year.

The school heads reached this resolution while attending their annual Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) conference held in Mombasa.

The meeting was led by the KESSHA Chairperson Kahi Indimuli who is doubling as the Principal of Machakos School.

The secondary school heads said that the Children Act of Parliament that wants to improve effective local working to safeguard and promote children’s well-being should be considered and given the required attention.

“Parliament and the Ministry of Education must establish rules and regulations to manage the Children Act in Education institutions to manage students. There is no regulation and that is why rogue students walk scot-free,” said the KESSHA chairperson.

In January the National Authority for Campaign Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) did not support the suggestion that all high school students undergo a mandatory drugs test due to the rising cases of unrest in schools across the country.

This happened after Maranda High School students were asked by the school’s Board of Management to produce a mandatory certificate of drug test and then pay a hefty fine of Sh. 5,125 before being allowed to re-join the institution. This was after the learners burnt down their school dormitories in November last year.

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