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Stakeholders call for review of school security guidelines

16 June 2015, 09:13 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - The national Nyumba Kumi chairman, Joseph Kaguthi has called for review of schools' security guidelines to fight new trends of crime and new challenges to national security.

Speaking to the press at the annual Kenya Secondary Schools Heads (KESSHA) conference at Wild Waters in Mombasa, Kaguthi said the current guidelines are obsolete.

“We need a lot of education on the ground that will help share new information and resolve the current challenges we are experiencing,” said Kaguthi.

The Nyumba Kumi chairperson also said there was need to address radicalization and secret societies in schools in order to fight new trends of crime, and dismissed claims that radicalization had been spearheaded by Islam and poverty.

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“We now see learned professionals with well paying jobs joining the extremist movements unlike in the past when terrorism was linked to poverty,” noted Kaguthi.

He said that school heads have a big role to play in ensuring security in the community.

KESSHA national chairman, John Awiti said they will not condone and protect hooligans and criminals, and warned that any teacher who will be found harassing students will be dealt with accordingly.

“Our mandate is to ensure that the students are safe and if any teacher will be found harassing students, they will have to face off with the security apparatus,” cautioned Awiti.

Awiti's comments came amid reports of increasing rape and harassment cases in schools, with various quarters accusing school heads of protecting the perpetrators in the name saving the image of their institutions.

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