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School to be investigated following reports that pupils take chang'aa

12 October 2015, 11:36 Makena Laban

Kakamega - Kakamega County Education Director, Susan Murerwa has instructed officials to investigate St. Paul's Shivakala Primary school for alleged involvement in illicit brew.

It is reported that pupils go to school while drunk, and also gamble as most of the parents brew chang’aa to enable them to pay school fees.

“This is a serious matter which needs to be handled with care as those involved are pupils and parents. Investigations have commenced and those involved will punished and the brewing dens demolished,” she said.

Hezbon Ambeva the school’s head teacher admitted that some of the pupils come to school while drunk and that the matter was disturbing.

“Some of these children come to school drunk on empty stomach and often end up fainting. The concentration of the pupils in class is affected because of that and most parents do not turn up for meetings,” Ambeva explained.

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He added that he has held several meetings with parents and tried to advise them to stop giving children chang’aa.

“We call for parent's meetings to discuss the chang’aa problem but many who turn up are drunk parents who cannot speak against the vice. We are reduced to telling them to give kids food before they report to school,” Ambeva explained.

The school deputy headteacher, Joseph Lumiti cited boy-girl relationships, absenteeism, poverty and alcohol as major challenges facing pupils.

“The community likes Isukutu dancing which most boys skip classes and go to. There is also a local brew den near the school where most of the pupils go to take chang’aa and gamble starting from 7.00pm and before they come to class the following day, they chew some herb that absorbs the smell,” Lumiti revealed.

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