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TSC probing case of 33 students arrested while drinking in a bar

The Teachers’ Service Commission (TSC) is investigating an incident where police in Nyandarua County over the weekend arrested 33 students and two teachers who were drinking at a local bar.

TSC head of communication Mr Kihumba Kamotho revealed that the commission had waded into the case to establish whether the teachers are registered by the commission before disciplinary action is taken.

“Investigations into the incident have commenced immediately after the matter was brought to the attention of the commission on Monday morning,” said Mr Kamotho.

The 33 drunk students, two teachers and a school bus driver belonging to Naivasha Mixed High School in Nakuru County spent their Friday night at Ol Kalou police station in Nyandarua County.

The 11 girls and 22 boys, all Form Four candidates at the institution, were arrested at around 9 pm in a bar in Ol Kalou town.

ASSORTED DRINKS

Police led by area Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) Wilson Kosgei also found dozens of assorted alcoholic spirits and soft drinks laced with alcohol.

Police established that they were on a school tour visiting Nakuru and Nyahururu town before they decided to engage in drinking.

According to the police, some girls were almost naked, indecently exposing their bodies, an indication that they may have spent the better part of the day drinking at the local pub.

“They were not even aware of the arrest; they sang and danced to popular Mugithi songs at the police station,” said the OCPD.

The students were released to the school’s board of management as the two teachers aged 24 and 27 and the driver were held by police awaiting to be charged in court on Tuesday.

EXCESS PASSENGERS

The driver 30 faces charges of being drunk and disorderly and carrying excess passengers.

The 33-seater passenger school bus had two additional passengers, whom police said were not insured.

Mr Kamotho on Monday stated that due process will be followed and appropriate action taken in dealing with the matter, in accordance with the Code of regulations for teachers.

He further indicated that the TSC is committed to welfare and protection of all learners in line with the constitution, the TSC Act and the Code of Regulations for teachers and policy.

He wondered why the school administration entrusted the students to the young male teachers without a female one to chaperone the girls.