The government will start conducting drug tests on students to eradicate abuse in schools, CS for Education George Magoha has said.
Magoha on Thursday said his ministry will work in collaboration with that of health to visit schools at random and collect blood samples from students for tests.
He said learners whose results will turn positive with traces of drugs will have a case to answer.
Magoha said 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.
He argued that some students might be smuggling drugs into schools and destroying school property because they are under the influence.
He told teachers to be ready for impromptu visits.
A concern has been raised that students could have been engaging in drug abuse while they were at home between March and December last year.
According to Magoha, students used to abuse drugs like bhang and drink alcohol.
“We’ll soon randomly visit schools and conduct blood tests. Any student found that they are on active drug abuse will be expelled,” Magoha said.
Speaking when he visited Ogande Girls High School in Homa Bay, Magoha, who was in company of PS for Technical and Vocational Training Julius Jwan, said the ministry has also engaged the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to create a database of students involved in arson.
Nyanza regional education director Willie Machocho and Homa Bay county commissioner Moses Lilan were present.
DCI officials will track down students who engage in cases of indiscipline in their schools.
Their records will be created and it will affect them as they apply for a certificate of good conduct.
“The government must end the nonsense of students becoming unruly and destroying property built through taxpayer money. The Huduma Namba will also make tracking the students very easy,” he added.
Magoha instructed teachers and school board management to discipline students.
Magoha said teachers should be proactive in ensuring students follow rules set by their schools.
“I am baffled when teachers say they do not know what causes fires in schools. Teachers should be proactive in ensuring students do what took them to school,” he said.
Teachers will be required to monitor all movements of children.
“Learners should be strictly monitored even if they are going to the toilet to avoid any security loophole in schools,” he said.
He instructed school management not to admit students who have been expelled from other schools because of gross misconduct.
Expelled students however have freedom of appealing to be given consideration and readmission.
“Parents whose children burn down schools and destroy property will have to be responsible for rebuilding of the damaged infrastructure,” Magoha said.