Government Pledges to Train all Guards Assigned to Man Schools

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Government is scheduling a training program for all security guards that have been assigned to man schools.

The revelation was made by Fatumah Nabitaka Ndisaba, the Mukono Resident District Commissioner, during an emergency security meeting with various school heads and directors at St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Naggalama this week.

Ndisaba said that as government is working out a training for all those assigned to man schools, school authorities and owners need to hire private security guards to ensure that tight security is guaranteed. Ndisaba, however, did not reveal when the training will commence.

“As the government works out a training programme for all those assigned to man schools, in the mean time you must hire private security guards to safeguard students and all school property,” she said.

She further urged all schools and other business people to hire private security personnel instead of relying only on the Army and Police. Ndisaba also advised every boarding school to install an alarm for easy police intervention.

The school proprietors were however, cautioned against hiring security guards who are drunkards that will spend most of their time in bars or report for duty while drunk. She warned them against keeping money in their offices as most attacks are planned and money centered.

Ndisaba also asked school heads and directors to always allow security teams to access their premises and attend security meetings whenever they are invited since Police’s role is to guard them and their property which can only be done when access is granted.

This government initiative follows attacks on 13 schools in a period of one month that left one teacher and four guards dead. St Johns Education Centre, Kyampisi, Kasawo Secondary School and St Andrew Kaggwa S.S, and Latifah Junior School are some of the schools that have been raided by unknown assailants in a space of two weeks, stealing property and cash and leaving a teacher dead.

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