Rawalpindi - The public and private educational institutions reopened in the city on Monday with thin attendance of students.
No school was reopened in cantonment area. On the strict orders given by the corps commander Rawalpindi, the government, army and private education institutions situated in cantonment and Chakala areas have been barred from reopening which have not completed their security arrangements. Those schools will not be allowed to reopen which have not completed the recommended proper security measures as recommended by the law enforcement agencies. The 7 point rules recommended in the cantonment areas are armed security guards, alarm bell in wake of attack, CCTV cameras, high gate, walkthrough gates, high-wired cross boundaries, verification of cards at entry gates of students and workers at all Institutions.
Similarly, the universities including Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) and Pir Mehar Ali Shah-Arid Agriculture University (PMAS-AAUR) were also opened by the respective administrations. Security was also beefed up by the administrations of universities.
According to details, many private and government-run schools have been reopened in the district. Most of the students were seemingly scared and could not concentrate fully on their lessons. Their teachers kept busy encouraging the pupils.
A survey conducted by The Nation in the areas of the city also revealed that the administration of many private and government run schools are still busy constructing walls as per government’s directives. Barbed wires were being placed on walls of some schools while security guards are also deputed with old riffles in their hands.
Parents complained that the school administrations are demanding extra funds from children on the pretext of security.
Talking to The Nation, office-bearers of teachers union including Raja Imtiaz Abbasi, Muhammad Shafique Bhalwalya and Raja Ilyas Kiyani condemned feeble security arrangements made by the government around government-run schools . They asked the government to take concrete steps to enhance security around schools to avoid any mishap. They termed the security of almost 90 per cent schools , both private and government-run, as unsatisfactory and demanded of the government to enhance the security of the schools to guard students and teachers .
Meanwhile, the administration of a private educational institution was ordered by personnel of security forces to close school and send the children back to homes soon after reopening at Mubarak Lane, Adyala Road, sources informed The Nation.
Shehnaz, principal of Anaya School System, said that two officials of a security agency arrived her school at 8:45am and directed her to close the school and send back all the students back to homes. She added that all other schools in the neighbourhood were not closed by the administration.
All the schools and universities were closed last month after terrorist attack on a military-run school in Peshawar in which more than 150 students, teachers and security personnel were killed.