A motion proposing the installation of security cameras in boarding schools across the country is to be tabled in Parliament.
Nominated MP Wilson Sossion has said this is to ensure the safety of students. He said the proposal was arrived at following the recent rape incident at Moi Girls School in Nairobi.
Sossion said a committee found out the cameras at Moi Girls were not working, making investigations difficult.
“It was nearly impossible for the committee on education probing the Moi Girls incident to know whether there were intruders or not. The guards did not see anybody and the only thing that could have recorded the incident are security cameras,” the MP said.
“The discovery that the CCTVs at Moi Girls were not working has informed the committee on proposing mandatory security cameras in all boarding schools.”
Sossion said the motion would compel the Interior ministry to fund the installation of security cameras in schools.
“It is our wish, if the motion passes, the security cameras have a central control manned by police for them to monitor and keep students safe,” he said. Sossion, also the Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary-general, said the security cameras should not be viewed as victimization of teachers.
“Without such measures, you will hear teachers being victimized through unnecessary transfers and summons for questioning,” the ODM legislator said.
He was speaking during a prize-giving ceremony at Motigo Primary School in Bomet Central. He said it is regrettable that some schools have employed inexperienced people as guards. Sossion said schools in big towns need to engage police officers.