School curriculum will be expanded to include lessons on drills, evacuation, first aid, how to locate explosives and how to sense danger, among others
It won't be just maths, Kiswahili and science anymore.
Schools will soon be compelled to teach learners about anti-terrorism, how to detect explosives and react in case of an attack if a Bill in Parliament is passed.
The Bill introduced by Turkana Woman Representative Joyce Emanikor seeks to reduce the risk posed by bombs, especially improvised explosive devices (IEDs).
These are bombs constructed and deployed in unconventional ways, frequently as roadside bombs.
Somali terror group al Shabaab has been targeted Kenyan security forces, shopping malls, hotels and learning institutions using IEDs and other weapons.
Emanikor is hoping her Bill will provide students with a foundation to think fast, think ahead and prepare for deadly situations like the massacre at Garissa University.
If Bill is enacted into law, school curriculum will be expanded to include lessons on drills, evacuations, first aid, how to locate explosives, how to sense danger and react, among other safety-related teachings.
It's the Kena Institute of Curriculum Development (Amendment ) Bill, 2019. It's headed for its second reading.
It will ensure anti-terrorism lessons are taught but it does not specify at what level.
It will incorporate personal safety, self-defence, demonstrations on security drills, first aid, detection and response to weapons and evacuation procedure in curriculum development," the bill reads.
It is being discussed in the Education Committee before it is taken back to the floor of the House for a second reading.
• The bill seeks to reduce the risks posed to students by disaster in schools and learning institutions.
• It will amend the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Act, 2013 and comes at a time of increased attacks.
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