Maranda Students Hit With Mandatory Drug Test

A file image of students at the Maranda High School.
A file image of students at the Maranda High School.

Students at Maranda High will need to pass a mandatory drug test before reporting to the school.

All students are required to take a drug test before arriving at school on Monday, January 3, 2022, according to a text message sent by the school administration to parents and guardians.

The decision came after the school's board meeting on December 23, which decided to have students undergo testing at a public facility or National Campaign Against Drugs and Alcohol Abuse (NACADA) agency.

Part of the message should read, "All students will have mandatory drug and substance testing at home. This should be done at a public health facility or NACADA."

Maranda High School.
Maranda High School.

Students will be asked to present their certificates on the opening day. However, Maranda High noted that the school will hold a follow-up test on the same subject.

Part of the message said, "Next, a random test will be done at school and by school."

In addition, compensation of Ksh 5,125 will be paid to all students for the rebuilding of the dormitory that burned down on 5 December.

Parents will be required to pay the amount and tuition fees in full before being re-admitted to the school. The school also announced that students will report in groups.

For example, certain Form One, Three, and Four streams will report at 8am on the reopening date.

After Boaz Owino's dormitory was set on fire, Maranda High sent students home.

The incident came just weeks after the school was closed indefinitely after a fire destroyed a dormitory for 200 students on November 8, 2021.

A dormitory broke out on Sunday, December 5, at the Maranda High School.
A dormitory broke out on Sunday, December 5, at the Maranda High School.

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