Six candidates at St Monica Chakol Girls in Teso South Constituency have allegely been found in possession of bhang and sex toys. The County Education Board (CEB) has now put this matter under investigation to find out how these items came to be in the Form Four candidate’s possession.
The students have since been suspended to pave way for the investigations, despite being this year’s candidates. Four students have so far been put through the wringer over the matter.
Yesterday, a board led by Professor John Shiundu questioned the Chakol Girls Principal, Sellah Aketch in the office of County Director of Education, Thaddeus Awuor, in Busia town. Ms Aketch is purported to have kept the CEB in the dark over the incident.
After the meeting, Prof. Shiundu, the chairman of the education board, told the media that the principal supported the decision to suspend the students for fear of influencing other learners, with only three months or less to the start of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. If learners are affected, he said, especially the candidates, it will interfere with the school’s perfomance.
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“Our preliminary investigation shows that some other things were not done in accordance with the law that governs education by the management of the school,” said Professor Shiundu.
The CEB chair asked the principals in the county to be vigilant to avoid cases of students sneaking hard drugs into schools. This was not only meant for the Chakol Girls but also other principals in other schools in different counties.
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Busia Executive Secretary Moses Okisai, Teachers Service Commission Director Ibrahim Rugut and County Director of Quality Assurance officer Francis Makori were in attendance of the meeting.