Detectives are currently conducting an investigation into the tragic deaths of two Form Four students.
The students, hailing from Karigini Mixed Day Secondary School in Tharaka Nithi, reportedly consumed ethanol from the school laboratory, according to both the police and school authorities.
A team of detectives from Nairobi has been dispatched to collaborate with the local authorities in the ongoing inquiry.
Sadly, the two students passed away several days after ingesting the chemical.
Tharaka Nithi county police commander, Zacchaeus Ngeno, has disclosed that 11 other students, four girls and seven boys, are presently under treatment at Chuka County Referral Hospital.
They were admitted on Saturday afternoon.
The tragic incident unfolded when the students took the chemical on Thursday evening, with only one exhibiting immediate signs of dizziness.
Subsequent investigations have confirmed that ethanol was the cause of the fatalities.
Ngeno has said – that the inquiry is still underway and further details will emerge in due course.
Samples of the chemical have been collected for additional analysis.
Post-mortems on the deceased and tests on the hospitalized students are anticipated to shed more light on the situation.
While the students currently under observation are showing positive signs, they will remain hospitalized for a period to ensure their well-being.
The two students who passed away were in stable condition until Friday evening when their health deteriorated.
Additional officials are scheduled to visit the school as part of the ongoing investigation, including taking statements from students and teachers.
They also plan to reassure the student body of their safety, addressing concerns raised by parents and guardians.
There is need for heightened vigilance in schools to prevent such tragedies.