Instal CCTVs in public schools ‘to pinpoint student arsonists’
MP tables motion saying if arson is left unabated, the trend will turn dormitories in public boarding secondary schools to death traps for innocent students
The Education ministry might install CCTVs in all public boarding secondary schools to help curb student unrest and indiscipline.
A motion tabled in Parliament seeks to compel the government to instal cameras in strategic locations in the schools to beef up surveillance. It will be debated when MPs resume from recess on October 4.
Kathiani MP Robert Mbui filed the motion.
He said cases of arson in boarding schools have been on the rise this year and most perpetrators go unpunished.
“If arson is left unabated, this trend will turn dormitories in public boarding secondary schools to death traps for innocent students and expose school property to the risk of arbitrary destruction by riotous students yet it is the government’s duty to preserve the lives of innocent students and school property from the incessant threat of arson,” the motion reads.
More than 100 schools were burnt through suspected arson this year. Six thousand students were sent home before the end of second term and 15 head teachers are being investigated.
Education CS Fred Matiang’i and his Interior counterpart Joseph Nkaissery on July 20 formed an eight-member joint investigation team to find the cause of student unrest.
The report is expected this week. Mbui said students who transfer to other schools should be subjected to thorough screening before admission.
“The government should roll out an enhanced security mechanism for surveillance of students’ activities and make provisions for regular and mandatory checks to confirm compliance and enforcement of the mechanism,” the motion reads.
The Kathiani MP also wants the Education ministry to put in place stringent admission rules.
“The government should ensure strict admission criteria are enforced, including the maintenance of a profile of suspected perpetrators of arson. This will ensure they do not escape liability by transferring to other schools without proper screening,” the motion reads.
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi will refer the motion, if adopted by the House, to the Committee on Implementation chaired by Narok woman representative Soipan Tuya.
The committee will ensure the Education ministry implements the resolutions.
Friends School Kigama students in Vihiga county look at the remains of their belongings after their dormitory was razed on September 7