A student at Hobunaka Boys Secondary School in Luanda, Vihiga County, reportedly declined to sit for his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams, claiming he had not smoked marijuana.
The incident occurred last Wednesday, just minutes before the morning paper was scheduled to begin.
The student, who is a regular user of the prohibited substance, arrived at school as usual but declined to enter the examination room just before the morning paper was set to begin.
Upon interrogation by exam officials, it was revealed that the student believed he couldn’t sit for the Christian Religious Education Paper 2 and History and Government Paper 1 because he found it challenging to recall what he had revised.
Efforts by officials to convince the student to participate in the first paper proved unsuccessful, leading to the summoning of the student’s parents.
Even with the arrival of his mother, the student remained adamant, expressing that he would only take the exam after smoking marijuana.
Ultimately, the parent was advised to leave with her son.
The subsequent day presented a different scenario, as the student arrived early in the morning and completed subsequent exams without any drama.
The center’s exam officials chose not to comment on the incident, directing inquiries to county education officials.
However, a source revealed that the student’s dependence on marijuana is well-known within the community.
“He cannot do anything if he has not smoked. He becomes dormant if not under the influence of the substance. The boy is addicted, and the substance makes him active,” the source explained. The revelation suggests a troubling trend of substance abuse among Kenyan youth.