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Garissa attacks push Kenya further towards mandatory NYS

15 April 2015, 19:00 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Garissa University College attacks might push Kenya towards enacting a law to ensure students attend the National Youth Service NYS training after the completion of high school studies.

Devolution CS Ann Waiguru reckons it is a good idea but only says that it is being mulled by stakeholders and is not close to enactment.

She believes that the training afforded at the NYS will help Kenyans deal with a variety of matters including reaction to terrorist attacks or supposed terror attacks.

She mentioned the recent incident at the University of Nairobi Kikuyu campus where students jumped from as high as the fifth floor in fear of a terror attack as a case in which injuries and death could have been avoided.

" It is not a decision that has already been made. There have been proposals that we have had both from the Kenya National Association of Parents and various stakeholders," she said in Nairobi Wednesday.

" The rest will be put into serious thought before a decision is made but you can argue that some of the skills at the NYS could have been helpful in both instances," she added.

According to many officers who attended to the Garissa attacks which saw 148 people, mostly students killed, the situation could have been better if there had been prior terror attack management, which is administered at the NYS training schools.

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