PESHAWAR - After long winter vacations in the wake of brutal attack in Peshawar, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on Thursday decided reopening of all educational institutions from January 12 and asked the administration of academic institutions to take all security measures as per guidelines and comprehensive security plan.  “Winter vacations are going to end on Monday next week, as the educational institutions, will not remain further closed in the province,” said Provincial Minister for Information Mushtaq Ghani while addressing at hurriedly call press conference late evening at press club here on Thursday.

He, however, said the authorities will not allow those educational institutional to reopen, if in case, their administrations were failed to take defined security parameters and relevant precautionary steps.

Since the brutal attack on Army Public School on December 16, the educational institutions remained closed, as winter vacations had extended twice in wake of security concerns and poor preventive measures by administration.   “Providing security to more than 36,606 government-run educational institutions, including 17,968 boys and 10,352 girls, in KP along with 8,087 private schools, colleges and universities, is a gigantic task for the provincial government,” the minister said. He said that around 57,71,303 boys and girls’ students were studying in government and private sector educational institutions in the province. He shared that a total of 201 public and 310 private colleges, wherein more than 200,000 students were studying, while a total of 28 universities, including nine private in KP, in which more than 70,000 boys and girls students were studying.

Despite the fact, he added: “We will do our best to ensure safety and security for the academic across the province.” But, he said, it was also responsibility of the administration educational institutions to ensure security at their own level.

The minister said the provincial government has proposed a comprehensive security plan for all educational institutions in the province. Under the security plan, he said it was necessitating deployment of two security guards along with a school bus. He further informed about 10 special telephone numbers will be issued to all educational institutions to contact on them any emergency situations. Besides, he said the rising of boundary walls, armed guards, monitoring of entry and exit points, installation of CCTV cameras and gate blockade, will be pre-requisite for the all  educational institutions under the security plan. He said outsiders will be strictly banned on entry on schools, colleges and universities. He said the arm-licence will be issued to administration of educational institutions.

The minister said that community policing watch and ward system will be introduced at the schools and colleges level, which will be decided by local community. “If the retired employees in the community, having own arms, then government will offer them honorarium,” he added.

Mushtaq Ghani said the government is identifying unsecured and unsafe locations and upgrading security with assistance of modern technology in the all educational institutions in the province. He said the special SOS service will be launched for immediate contact with concerned police stations. He said government will ensure security under section 144 CrPc at all educational institutions in the province.