LAHORE - The government has finally decided to re-open all the educational institutions across Punjab and NWFP from tomorrow (Monday) while they are already open in Sindh and Balochistan. The government will, however, strictly monitor the security arrangements failing which they can again be closed. A high-level meeting of the district administration held on Saturday on security arrangements of educational institutions maintained that they were at war but at the same time it was not possible to keep the institutions closed. The meeting decided to activate girls guide, boy scouts, youth and mohallah committees to keep an eye on the terrorists. The educational institutions were closed down following a suicide attack at International Islamic University, Islamabad, killing nine students. The institutions were re-opened after five days closure with the assurance that security arrangements would be made to check any untoward incident. Majority of the government and private sector educational institutions were, however, again closed due to security lapses. The government asked them to construct eight-feet high boundary wall, barricades/hurdles on the gates, to install CCTVs, walk-through gates, metal detectors, closure of rear gates, posting of armed guards in uniform, display of ID cards and compulsory uniform by the students. A joint commission of the government and private educational institutions was also formed to monitor the arrangements. The raiding teams comprising SPs of concerned division and officials of the education department also conducted raids to check the security arrangements and take appropriate action against them for security lapses The government also closed the primary schools as a precautionary measures. However, there was dispute over the provision of security between the government and the private institutions. The government, however, maintained that security of their respective institution was their own responsibility and the government would take action if there were any lapses. Moreover, the institutions were also retrained to shift the burden on parents by raising the tuition fee in the name of security. In Lahore 70 educational institutions which were closed down after re-opening on 26th including the University of Education, FC College University, Kinnaird College, Lahore Grammar School, Beaconhouse, Punjab College and others will also re-open tomorrow. However, there will be rigorous monitoring of their security arrangements. Meanwhile the plight of government schools is miserable. They have no funds to purchase the costly equipment or to hire the armed security personnel. As many as 300 schools in the City are without boundary wall. The security arrangements of the government colleges is comparatively better. The principals have started spending from the College funds that usually remain unused. Most of the colleges that run second shift have recruited security guards and erected boundary walls. Although they have erected no walk-through gates and CCTVs but they are making these arrangements. As far as the private institutions in the streets are concerned, half of them at primary level have been closed down. The high and higher secondary schools can easily make necessary arrangements without increasing the tuition fee or increasing the burden on parents. The institutions having co-education are more vulnerable to terror threats.