*confirmed! Maranda High Students To Undergo Drug Test Before Reopening, Next Week, Check out more details below*

All Maranda High School students will have to undergo a drug and substance test before resuming for third term, next week.

 

According to a message sent to parents a week ago by the school’s Chief Principal Edwin Namachanja said all the students will have to undergo drug and substance tests while at home.

 

”This must be done at a public health facility or NACADA. The certificates of the same are to be presented on the re-opening day. Subsequently, there shall be random testing conducted by the school.”

 

Besides paying sh 5,125 that will cater for reconstruction of the burnt dormitory ,the students should ensure that all fee arrears are cleared before the reporting day.

 

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Source at the Government Chemist revealed that already some parents have had their children tested at Sh1,500. .They will be issued with certificates after the testing

 

In January 2021, Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha had observed that the government was to start conducting drug tests on students to eradicate abuse in schools.

 

Magoha had pointed out that his ministry will work in collaboration with that of health to visit schools at random and collect blood samples from students for tests.

 

The CS said that learners whose results will turn positive with traces of drugs will have a case to answer.

 

”This is one of the strategies the ministry and security officials have come up with to control increased cases of arson attacks and indiscipline in schools,” the CS had overserved.

 

Yesterday, Siaya County Education Director Nelson Sifuna said the test was to help parents know their children. “We are helping parents and they should support us to achieve our target.”

 

Earlier, Sifuna had claimed that the students who were suspected to have burnt the second hostel were high on drugs.

 

“They had smoked bhang. They said that they got motivated to set the building ablaze after taking the drug.”

 

Between November 22 and 25 each of the 2,469 students at Maranda School paid Sh2,500 as cost for the reconstruction of the first burnt down dormitory.

 

Each student had also reported back to school accompanied by a parent or guardian. The decision had been made following a board meeting held on November 11.


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