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Magoha Reacts to the Uproar Over Mandatory School Drug Testing

Magoha Reacts to the Uproar Over Mandatory School Drug Testing

Prof George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary for Education, has responded to public criticism of the government’s stance on mandatory drug tests for students.

Mogoha told the media on Saturday, January 8, in Kakamega County, that drug tests were necessary in schools due to rising cases of indiscipline.

Despite growing concerns about the legality of the process, the CS stated that schools would continue to administer the tests.

Mogoha, on the other hand, admitted that the ministry had not developed a framework to guide the administration of drug tests in schools.

“Drug testing does not require to be there but the 0.01 per cent who are daring to burn government property are criminals and drug testing must be done whether people like it or not,”

He went on to say that he was embarrassed to visit some of the country’s schools and that school administrator needed to restore order in the affected schools.

The CS’s response comes after education stakeholders criticized the move, claiming that there were no policies in place to guide the process.

The Education Secretary slammed the media for “pushing a narrative” that the Ministry of Education said all students should be subjected to mandatory drug tests, which was not the case.

“Most of our learners are normal children but in cases where students will burn schools twice they will be subjected to mandatory drug tests,” said Magoha.

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As a result, the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) issued a statement clarifying that they were not part of the ongoing drug tests in some schools.

Magoha, who was at Mwiyala Secondary School in Kakamega yesterday for a groundbreaking ceremony for Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms, stated that their goal was to ensure that errant students returned to normal reasoning. He claimed that such students made teachers’ lives unbearable.

Earlier this week, education experts, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders criticized Magoha’s stance on drug testing as an infringement on children’s rights and privacy.

Omboko Milemba, the chair of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, said the move was illegal and contrary to children’s education.

Furthermore, the CS retaliated by saying that no student would be sent home because of school fees and that the ministry would take action against school heads who defied the directive.


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Mogoha explained that students should be allowed to stay in school to study while also revealing that he experienced a similar scenario in school.

Mogoha explained that students should be allowed to stay in school to study while also revealing that he experienced a similar scenario in school.

Magoha Reacts to the Uproar Over Mandatory School Drug Testing

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