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KNUT URGES GOVERNMENT TO IMPLEMENT RECOMMENDED SECURITY MEASURES FOR SCHOOLS

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The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has called on the government to ensure that boarding schools implement stiff security measures to ensure student’s safety.

The Union’s Secretary General Wilson Sossion, in a statement sent to newsrooms, condemned the recent atrocity that saw a 14 year old raped at Moi Girls Nairobi and called for through investigations to bring the culprits to book.

“KNUT condemns in the strongest words possible the unfortunate incident at Moi Girls High School – Nairobi over the weekend where several girls were sexually molested. It is against this backdrop that the Union recommends high level investigations, and the matter to be pursued to its logical conclusion,” Sossion said.

Sossion has also called on the Education Ministry to expeditiously implement the recommendations on school security made by a Task Force led by career provincial administrator Claire Omollo.

The Claire Omollo -task force report on security and safety in schools, which was published in May last year, revealed grave security lapses in majority of schools, saying they posed serious threats to students.

The task force noted for instance that most school guards were not trained and were also ill equipped for the job and recommended for schools to employ adequate, trained  and vetted security guards within three months following the publication of the report.

The report also recommended for Schools to have secure perimeter fences and a gate manned 24 hours as well as install other security devices like CCTV cameras, adequate security lighting, and metal detectors.

One year down the line, just like most similar reports, the report on school security is still gathering dust in some government office.

The eight-member team, which comprised of security experts and educationist Claire Omolo team, was formed by Former education Cs Fred Matiang’i to probe the causes of the widespread students unrest witnessed in 2016 that saw several schools set on fire .

The team was also supposed to audit school safety and security regulations and propose how to ensure higher discipline standards in schools.

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