Increase Security in Schools [editorial]

Last week several students from Makerere University marched in solidarity with their fallen colleagues at Garissa University College in Kenya.

They presented a memorandum to the Kenyan High Commission to express their sympathy. However, at the heart of all things, some were wondering how 147 students could be butchered in the way that they were.

There was some concern among some of the students that perhaps a little more intrusiveness, in the name of security, was not such a bad thing after all.

Following the Garissa attack, the news that the same terrorists behind the Kenya attack were positioning themselves to attack an educational institution along Jinja road. The police, parents and students are doubtless anxious about this.

Before the police can disclose which institution could be attacked by terrorists, other educational institutions ought to look into their security arrangements accordingly.

It is common knowledge that several schools lack the required fire fighting capacity, security fences and appropriate security personnel to manage their compounds. And we are talking of schools that regularly house hundreds of students.

Therefore an attack on a Ugandan school would be devastating and would sear the pain in the hearts of many. Before such an attack happens, we appeal to school authorities across the country to improve their security arrangements, whatever their status.

Source : The Observer

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