Police officers have seized illicit drugs peddled by Vihiga Boys High School students during a thorough inspection before the learners could be allowed back in school after the half-term break.
Some of the prohibited items uncovered in the search conducted by the Nyanza Region K-9 team included five rolls of bhang, unidentified yellow tablets concealed in the pages of an exercise book, packets of pancakes, cans of peanut butter, and baked soya beans.
Outgoing Board of Management chairman Shera Didi, while confirming the incident, said he was not in a position to reveal more because he was preparing to hand over the school to a new head.
Police, in a statement on social media, said this is part of a new partnership between schools and the National Police Service.
“[The search] followed an invitation by the school principal in his efforts to enhance and complement the capacity of the school’s security personnel in screening [for] drugs, contraband, and other dangerous instruments that could be smuggled into the school,” the police said in the statement as reported by Nation.
The search, which was conducted with the help of sniffer dogs, was motivated by an incident in October 2021, when a dormitory in the school was consumed by flames.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.