Police in Embu on Wednesday, March 3 arrested eleven pupils after they were found smoking marijuana within their school compound.
The Kibugu Primary School pupils were allegedly nabbed with seven rolls of the illegal substance and a matchbox by their teachers, who called police.
Confirming the incident, Embu North Deputy County Commissioner Jeremiah Tumo blamed local administrators and parents for their laxity in curbing moral decadence in the area.
He has since called for an urgent meeting with the school’s stakeholders- parents, teachers and Board of Management.
“The government has provided enough resources to curb such kind of behavior. There are chiefs, sub chiefs, police officers, but this has been happening under their watch,” Tumo said.
Upon interrogation by the police, the class seven and eight pupils confessed to being serial bhang smokers. They revealed 23 peddlers who allegedly sell drugs to school-going children.
“The government has accorded me power to oversee the work of all security authorities in the area, therefore I will not sit back while our children are wasting away,” he said.
Director of Education in Manyatta Constituency, Evans Ogamba, urged parents to monitor their children more closely.
“As parents you have failed. Therefore, we need to brainstorm in order to create a solution to this matter,” said Ogamba.