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Security plan implementation stressed: KP educational institutions to reopen from January 12

The provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday decided to reopen all educational institutions from January 12, and directed administrative machinery, law-enforcement agencies, heads of educational institutions, parents and teachers for the implementation of the security plan approved in this regard.

This was announced in press briefing made by Provincial Minister for Information Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani here in Peshawar Press Club (PPC). The meeting held in this regard was chaired by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, while Provincial Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Mohammad Atif Khan, Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani, Chief Secretary, Amjad Ali Khan, administrative secretaries and Inspector General of Police (IGP) attended the meeting.

The meeting, he said, after holding detailed discussion on the law and order situation decided that the long closure of educational institutions was resulting in the wastage of the time of the children. He said reopening of schools would remove the wrong perception that militants achieved their objective of disrupting the educational activities besides saving that precious time of students.

He said the government had taken all the necessary measures for provision of safe environment to students and started a comprehensive plan guaranteeing a congenial education friendly atmosphere. A total of 5.77 million students are studying in 28,319 public sector and 8,087 private schools while 270,000 students are studying in universities and colleges.

Substantiating his point, Minister for Information said it would be Herculean task for police to provide security to those institutions as it was overburdened by performing duty on many fronts. Highlighting the initiatives of the government relating to security matters, he said schools administrations were being directed to increase the height of their boundary walls to secure level and also install protective grills on their windows. He said that Community Police Watch had been introduced for public sector schools and colleges, adding that an honorarium would be paid to security guards provided by the community.

The schools' vans, he said would be escorted by two guards armed with necessary weapons. He said that certificate of concerned authority relating to security measures had been made mandatory for the reopening of higher educational institutions. He said that all educational institutions had been directed to liaise with police through "Android based one click SOS alert". He said the alert would convey message on 10 different points enabling the law enforcers to cope with untoward incidents swiftly and effectively.

He said that trained persons of a community would be invited to perform security duties in schools whose children were studying in the same institution, adding Parents-Teachers councils had been reactivated in all schools for enhancing security measures in schools. He said teachers having registered weapons would be allowed to keep them in schools for security purposes. He said those violated the security guidelines would face the penalty of the cancellation of affiliations with Boards of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISEs) concerned.

He said that entrance of non-concerned persons to schools would be strictly discouraged and administration of the institution would take necessary steps in that regard. He said commissioners and CCPO would be in close liaison with vice chancellors for ensuring the proper implementation of security measures.

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