PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has earmarked over Rs7 billion for the security arrangements of government schools across the province.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Elementary and Secondary Education Additional Secretary Qaiser Alam Khan said government has allocated Rs7.5 billion for the state-owned educational institutes.
He shared Rs2 billion will be spent by June 30, 2015, while the remaining amount will be carried forward and spent till 2017.
Khan said 50% of government schools in Pakistan remain without boundary walls; at least 11% in K-P do not have protective walls. Currently, he said, 4,000 schools across the province have no boundary walls. Under this budget allocation, by 2017 all government schools will have the said infrastructure, he added.
“It is the government’s responsibility to provide security to schools and children,” he said. “After the Army Public School incident, all private and government educational institutes’ security will be enhanced.”
Army Public School Peshawar was targeted on December 16 in a brutal attack which claimed over 150 lives, and left 130 injured, mostly children. After the attack, the government has issued many directives to private and public schools to take certain security measures, some of which will cost a substantial amount.
In addition to higher walls topped with barbed wire, schools and colleges have been asked to install CCTV cameras, walkthrough gates and hire armed guards.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 23rd, 2015.