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Police tips parents on security for beginning of final school term

CP Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson in his office at police headquarters in Nagalama, Kampala (PHOTO/File)

KAMPALA – The Uganda Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga has on Monday, September 16, issued security tips and guidelines to parents, guardians and school managers for the beginning of term three.

According to CP Enanga, the third term means increased activities in teaching and learning and many other academic preparations.

“As students and pupils return to school, we would like to remind parents, cavers and teachers about the safety of children… It also means waking up early, to transport the children to school. This brings about congestion on the roads due to rush hours of dropping and picking children,” he said.

CP Enanga reminded all schools to review their security emergency preparations, supervision, and other school safety fundamentals.

“This includes the school visitor procedures and how access to school buildings is done in a high priority area. We recommend that all children are examined upon their return to school for any signs of child abuse during their holiday,” he advised.

He further said when transporting children to school, parents should ensure that they walk with them to teach them safe habits around drop zones or in the classrooms and for the boarding schools, school managers should establish contacts to monitor the safe arrival and presence of the children at school.

“Children transported on motorcycles are required to wear helmets, since 80% of all head and brain injuries arise out of failure to use helmets. Ensure your child knows your mobile number or emergency police numbers 999/112. Learn to set up GPS tracking devices on your child’s mobile phone or other items,” Enanga said.

He advised them to avoid the use of shortcuts that puts the child in a vulnerable situation.

“Watch out for stalkers on foot, motorcycle or motor vehicles. Seek help immediately in case of any suspicious movements or go to the nearest police. Teach your children how to avoid talking to strangers and to never accept lifts from them or someone not approved by their parents. The same applies to any gifts or food from an adult,” he advised.

Adding that “All prohibited items must not be smuggled into schools, both day and boarding. Some of the prohibited items include; polythene bags, selected electrical gadgets and other flame base products like candles, lighters, matches which are major fire hazards, drugs, alcohols, cigarettes, energy drinks, glass bottles, unnecessary cash and expensive items and any other items which are deemed illegal to possess or inappropriate for the age of the child or school environment.”

Enanga reminded all stakeholders to keep in mind that security is an ongoing process that requires vigilance and situational awareness.

“All school administrators are advised to regularly liaise with the territorial police units and update each other on the prevailing security situation,” said Enanga.

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