Mandatory drug test on students continue to elicit criticism

People of all walks of life have ganged up to oppose the mandatory drug test order directed by Kenyan Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha.

Education stakeholders, parents, teachers and lawyers have dismissed the move, calling on the CS to overturn the move.

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) national chairperson Omboko Milemba has termed the directive as unprofessional and wants the process halted.

“This act is unprofessional, unconstitutional and illegal. It is also not in line with the training of children; it violates the Children’s Act and must be stopped," Milemba stated.

Milemba said Prof. Magoha should have involved other stakeholders before issuing such as directive.

"Does Magoha consult with anyone? Even more importantly, does he communicate with his workers or other education stakeholders, or even with the experts in his office? Because if he does, then he should have been informed that what he is doing is illegal and immoral," Milemba noted.

Faith Nafula, a counsellor psychologist, faulted the order, arguing it is not the ideal way to solve indiscipline cases in schools.

“You do not have to be taking drugs for you to exhibit indiscipline. We have other forms of indiscipline in schools like bullying, that is done with sober boys and girls,” said Nafula.

“There is more to that than just testing. The students might have their own reasons as to why they are burning schools. Substance abuse may contribute to their mal behavior but there could be more to it.”

The order was issued early this week as students were opening school after a festive season break. The CS said the latest move will help to instill disciplines in students.

The order was first piloted at Maranda School.

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