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CS Magoha under fire as Teachers Make U-Turn on Mandatory Drug Testing

Few days ago, Maranda's Board of Management resolved that students undergo tests in a public facility or at the National Authority for the Campaign Against Drugs and Alcohol abuse (NACADA).

Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha then welcomed the move, stating that it was high time students were put under scrutiny owing to the recent spike in cases of unrest.

The CS implied that a good number of high school students have been exposed to drugs.

Teachers have now termed the mandatory drug testing of high school students before re-admission for the ongoing third term as unfair.

Speaking to the press on Wednesday, January 5, Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) chairperson Omboko Milemba termed the move extremely intrusive.

He argued that the students must be given a chance to defend themselves before the tests are carried out on them.

Picture Courtesy : Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Chairperson Omboko Milemba

He further noted that issuing a blanket directive to the learners without giving them a chance presumes that they are abusers of the drugs.

Other teachers argued that issuing the mandatory directive without consulting parents was unfair for both the learners and their caregivers.

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