‘KP schools with inadequate security won’t reopen from Jan 12’

January 08, 2015

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Bullet holes are seen in the wall at APS a day after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar. —AFP/file
Bullet holes are seen in the wall at APS a day after an attack by Taliban militants in Peshawar. —AFP/file

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided not to reopen schools with inadequate security arrangements from January 12 in the aftermath of deadly Taliban attack on Army Public School last month.

The provincial government on Thursday ordered reopening of all government and private schools from January 12 following their closure after the attack that killed 150 people, mostly school children on December 16.

Citing security threats to the schools in the province, the government had extended winter vacations.

“Schools with not enough security arrangements would not be allowed to reopen,” said Information Minister KP, Mushtaq Ghani.

Speaking to media representatives here, he said that besides the security measures the schools would be provided arms licenses for “fool-proof security arrangements”.

Ghani said schools which would not be taking adequate measures, would not be allowed to operate. He added that government monitors would assess security measures taken at the schools.

Educationists had criticised the KP education department over its failure to announce a definite date for the reopening of local schools, saying the extension in winter vacation had been adversely affecting the studies of schoolchildren.

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