Primary teachers in KP refuse to keep arms in school

21 Jan 2015

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Students walk to school as a soldier stands guard outside the Army Public School which was targeted by Taliban militants in December. -AP Photo
Students walk to school as a soldier stands guard outside the Army Public School which was targeted by Taliban militants in December. -AP Photo

PESHAWAR: The primary school teachers of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have rejected the government’s decision to keep arms during school hours.

The decision was made on Wednesday during a convention of All Primary Teachers Association of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, attended by a large number of primary teachers of the province.

The association’s president Malik Khalid said that provision of security for students, teachers and other staff members is the prime responsibility of the government.

“Our responsibility is to educate and teach the students not to provide security,” he told the gathering.

He said that the teachers community had rejected the government’s new policy in the name of security, adding that that they are ready to attend schools during holidays.

The teachers community also decided not to participate in the anti-polio drive, saying that the campaign is the duty of lady health workers and the health department.

After the attack on the Army Public School in December, the KP government took various steps to improve security measures.

Proposals made by the govt included issuing arms licenses and allowing teachers to keep arms during school hours.