Seth Onyango @SethManex
Students of Moi Girls’ School in Nairobi yesterday resumed classes amid tough security measures adopted to fend off intruders.
It was a new beginning as students began reporting back yesterday morning accompanied by their parents following the rape saga.
Most learners were shocked by the stringent measures put in place to guarantee their safety, including new procedures that each student will have to familiarise themselves with. In the new measures, students’ every move and activities will now be monitored 24/7 with new matrons and security personnel employed.
The People Daily has learnt that the school’s administration has instructed security personnel to patrol all the institutions establishments frequently and conduct period-by-period bathroom sweeps every day. Students stepping out of their dormitories will at time be accompanied by security guards, whose numbers have been increased.
A spot check of the school revealed a massive security upgrade. Although an electronic surveillance system has not been installed, the school has fixed floodlights to provide better vision of prospective intruders. In a bid to ensure safety in the dormitories, the institution has put locks in every dormitory that can be opened in the event of fire. Last year, nine students died in an alleged arson attack at one of the dormitories.
Yesterday, parents exuded confidence that security measures put in place are enough to secure the school.
“We have inspected the school and we can confidently say that the measures put in place so far are good,” said a parent who only identified herself as Stella.
But some parents questioned the security status of the school asserting that some students were still traumatised and afraid to go back to school. A group of counsellors are expected to start engaging the students today to help them cope with the situation.
They will help students overcome trauma and attune their minds back to studies even as those in Form Four inch closer to their final exam in November.