Eight teachers of St John Baraka Academy in Machakos were on Friday caught transporting 133 pupils in a 41-seater capacity matatu.
The vehicle was intercepted by officials from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) on its way from South Eastern Agricultural Show held at the Machakos show ground.
The teachers had earlier told NTSA officials that the bus was carrying 60 pupils, as some were sharing seats.
However, upon further investigation, the officials discovered that the students were more, prompting NTSA to conduct a head count where it was discovered that the vehicle was transporting 141 passangers in total.
“The number looked more, we discovered that six pupils were sharing seats meant to accommodate two passengers,” Christopher Kimutai from NTSA said.
It is alleged that parents had paid Sh1000 per student to allow the pupils to attend the show.
According to a parent who spoke to journalists, the school management had promised to procure three buses for the trip.
By press time, it was not clear what cause of action was taken against the teachers who endangered the lives of the minors.
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