Belio blames drug abuse for indiscipline in schools
Drugs and substance abuse in learning institutions has been cited as a major cause of indiscipline and unrest in schools.
Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang said pupils start abusing drugs as young as 13 years old.
In a speech read on his behalf by Education Director William Sugut during celebrations to mark the World Catholic Education Day in Kajiado County, Kipsang said pupils abuse drugs due to peer pressure, indiscipline, ignorance on the dangers of drug abuse and curiosity.
“Studies have shown that almost every Kenyan youngster at one time or another experiments with drugs especially alcohol, cigarettes and other substances,” he said.
He revealed that the government has taken measures aimed at mitigating drug and substance abuse in schools. They include school–based education for drug abuse prevention in conjunction with players such as the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Bishop John Obala, Catholic Diocese of Ngong reiterated that alcohol and drug abuse was rampant in learning institutions.
“I would like to tell young people that drugs kill. Drugs will wreck your life, affect your performance and brain function and make you irresponsible,” said Obala.