400 schools shut down over FIRs

Published: April 17, 2015
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"Government has booked officials of at least two dozen schools on charges of making inadequate security arrangements". PHOTO: REUTERS

"Government has booked officials of at least two dozen schools on charges of making inadequate security arrangements". PHOTO: REUTERS

HARIPUR: The Private Education Network (PEN) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa will shut down all 400 private schools of the district on Saturday (today) over the registration of FIRs against the administrations.

Addressing a press conference in Haripur, PEN K-P president Salim Khan said the government booked officials of at least two dozen schools on charges of making inadequate security arrangements. Salim said if the government continues to use brute force and not address concerns of schools, the network will extend the protests to other parts of K-P.

“Police treats school owners as if they are proclaimed offenders,” said PEN office bearer Rashid Khan. He said the treatment is humiliating for those affiliated with the profession of education.

DSP Ishtiaq Khan said the government had devised a comprehensive security plan for educational institutions following the Army Public School attack. Over 40 schools failed to comply with the standards despite three months going by, endangering the lives of hundreds of students.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 18th, 2015. 

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Apr 18, 2015 - 11:35AM

    Security of the public at large which includes the children at the school too is the exclusive responsibility of the government and not that of the school administration. . School managing authorities are meant to impart quality education and security is not their domain. Government may instruct closure of the schools but must not blame and book the private schools’ management for inadequate security arrangements. Recommend

  • Sohail
    Apr 18, 2015 - 2:21PM

    This is what Pakistani Govt is good at. Shift the burden on others. It happens in every department in every nook and corner of this country. No one owns up to their responsibility.
    I say if you cant do your job then stop being leaders and let the people decide their iwn future!!!Recommend

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