Universities in Kenya have launched anti-terrorism courses for students joining them from September in efforts to curb terror attacks targeting the learning institutions.
The courses, according to officials incharge of academic affairs, will be compulsory and examined alongside other common units.
The launch of the anti-terror courses comes barely a month after Garissa University College was attacked by Al- Shabaab terrorists killing 142 students and six security officers.
There have been reports of terror threats in colleges and other institutions of higher learning.
According to the institutions, the courses will help students prepare adequately for disaster and terror attacks as terrorists have shifted their targets to learning institutions.
Professor Maurice Amutabi, the Deputy Vice Chancellor in-charge of Academic Affairs at the Kisii University, said on Tuesday that their course is all about security preparedness course, with specific focus on terror threat, physical and cyber threats, crime detection, crime monitoring, early warning and security information sharing and networking.
“Its curriculum is being designed and we hope to launch it this year September when first year students are reporting,” Amutabi said during the launch of the course in Kakamega, Western Kenya.
He added the course will be taught by lecturers from the security and intelligence firms, who have vast experience and knowledge in the field.
Professor Dominic Makawiti, the vice-chancellor of Maseno University said that they are going to partner with security and intelligence firms to offer anti-terrorism training to students and staff.
“Security is all about gathering intelligence from various points and being able to kick out any sign in advance. This is what we want to do because we cannot continue risking the lives of our staff and students.