Learning institutions in Kenya have launched anti-terrorism courses for students in efforts to curb terror attacks targeting universities and colleges.
According to officials in the department of academic affairs, the courses will be effected alongside others studies starting September.
The officials have also revealed that the anti-terrorism courses will be about security preparedness, with specific focus on terror threat, physical and cyber threats, crime detection, crime monitoring, early warning and security information sharing and networking.
The anti-terrorism courses, according to the officials, will be compulsory and examined alongside other common units.
A series of terrorist attacks in Kenya have necessitated the move to affect the anti-terrorism courses which will arm the young people towards awareness and preparedness in the face of any attack.
There have been reports of terror threats in colleges and other institutions of higher learning in the recent past.
Migori Teachers Training College in the country’s western region was closed indefinitely after two men suspected to be members of the Al- Shabaab were found in the institution.
The anti-terrorism courses, which will be taught by lecturers from the security and intelligence firms, is also aimed to get rid of any potential radicalization given that university students are also target group for ‘al Shabaab’ extremists.
Abdirahim Abdullahi, one of the terrorists who attacked students at Garissa University was an upcoming lawyer, who studied at University of Nairobi, a top institution in Kenya, an indication that some students in learning institutions could be linked to terrorists.