Security level in Punjab school colleges
Security lowest priority in educational institutions in Punjab
Lahore, Oct 19: At least 1,300 government schools and 35 colleges are vulnerable to
terrorism in the city, but the Punjab Education Department has failed to improve
security arrangements in educational institutions despite the growing threat of
terrorism in the provincial metropolis.
The Punjab government has issued directives to the department on several
occasions to ensure appropriate security measures in government and private
schools. The district coordination officer has directed the schools to hire
security guards and frisk anyone entering the premises with metal detectors, but
it seemed his words were unheard.
Some of the schools are in operation
without boundary walls and security guards are missing in many others. A girls'
school in Shadbagh has no front wall whereas modest boundary walls in some
schools would allow anyone to enter the premises without any hindrance. Talking
to Aaj Kal, Rana Liaquat of the Joint Action Committee urged the government to
improve security arrangements in government schools. He said security guards
should be hired on emergency basis and they should be equipped with necessary
paraphernalia. He said examinations, which are supposed to be held in the
morning, should be postponed. He said exams should only be held at noon to avoid
congestion of people in educational institutions.
District Officer (Education) Dr Arshad said some private schools had received
threats, and security was being improved in government institutions. He said
boundary walls of large government schools had been completed and the process to
hire security guards would be started soon. He said all available resources
would be used to improve the security situation. According to the report, at
least 63,000 government schools and 400 colleges are educating 0.4 million
students in Punjab. Daily times
Security guidelines: Schools get 3 days to plug loopholes
Lahore: The three English-medium schools, whose administrations were
directed to close operations on Saturday, have been given three days to make up
for security shortcomings. The police have provided security to them for the
The provincial education department on Saturday ordered
closure of Ibne Sina School, Lahore Grammar School's Defence branch and
Beaconhouse School System's Gulberg branch for violating security directives.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Chaudhry Shafiq Ahmad said that the administrations of the three schools had been granted three-day
deadline to adopt security measures. He said over 100 English-medium schools of
the city were advised through the education department to deploy security
guards, raise walls and install surveillance cameras before the summer holidays
but the three schools did not follow the instructions.
He said neither
any English-medium school was closed in the city nor had any of them informed
the police about any direct threat. The SSP said practically the whole city was
facing terrorism threat, adding that information in some cases passed by
unidentified callers about terror attack on any specific organisation proved
He said the police received no written directive from the home
department to seal the private schools which did not act upon the security
measures against terror threats.
A divisional SP said that the police in
all six divisions of the city had prepared lists of all those schools where
security measures were inadequate and the school administrations were being
convinced to enhance their private security guards, raise boundary walls and set
He said the schools were directed to deploy their own
security force rather than asking the police because of shortage of cops.
Meanwhile, an investigation wing police officer said the terrorists
killed in the three attacks on FIA headquarters, Manawan Police Training School
and Bedian Elite Training Centre were not identified yet.
neither their face surgery helped the police recognise the attackers nor was
their identification proved from Nadra record. He further said the database of
terrorists and their allies available to the Lahore police also did not identify
The officer said that some suspects besides active members of
Hizbul Tehrir were being interrogated in a routine manner but no one directly or
indirectly linked with the terror attacks was captured.
He claimed the
hitherto police investigation in previous suicide or coordinated terror attacks
in the city suggested that terrorists striking in the provincial capital
belonged to some three to four militant groups which had vast operations than
the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan of the late Baitullah Mehsud. He, however, refused
to identify the groups for security reasons.
These terrorists were being
linked with the TTP but actually they were not, he added. He said the terrorists
used the same modus operandi while striking at the FIA building and two police
training centres. Dawn
Institutions asked to step up security
Lahore: DCO Lahore Sajjad Bhutta has directed the owners of all private
educational institutions to ensure foolproof security by boosting the security
staff, raising their walls, screening of irrelevant visitors and installing
walkthrough scanner gates.
He said that the institutions should build
emergency exit points to cater to the evacuation in the event of a terrorist
activity. He advised that the fire extinguishers should be ensured on all
campuses according to the size of the building. The news
DHA, Cantt schools closed for a week
Lahore: All schools and colleges run by the army and those in the
Defence Housing Authority in the provincial capital have been closed for a week.
The decision to the effect was taken on Sunday in the wake of security
concerns. The DHA runs five schools and two degree colleges while the army runs
several schools and a few colleges (a couple of them were also of federal
government) under the Lahore Garrison Education Institutions System in
Cantonment. An official said that parents of some garrison schools'
students saw the notices announcing the holidays outside the schools.
DHA spokesman Tajamal Hussain said that the authorities took the
decision to close the schools till Oct 24 (Saturday) keeping in view the
security threats and worries shown by the parents following the attack on Bedian
Elite Training School situated near the DHA.
He said a good number of
their students belonged to Burki Road and Bedian. Dawn
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Public displays of affection at LUMS
Lahore: The storm raging at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) over
what has been termed 'public displays of affection' suggests why we, as a
nation, face so many problems today. It is ironic that while on the one hand we
face a crisis of governance, economic meltdown and terrorist threats on an
unprecedented scale – on the other hand it is issues such as those at LUMS that
take up so much time and energy. The campus controversy, now trickling out
beyond the walls of the university, involves just such a 'public display of
affection' between a female and a male student. A vigilant fellow student
captured the moment and sent out emails seeking support to condemn such
behaviour. University authorities are currently contemplating a ban on PDAs,
even though many students showed no desire to condemn what happened and in fact
reacted with some hostility to the fact that it had been documented and included
in email messages.
The whole thing is in fact a non-issue. Why should
there be so much interest in the behaviour of two individuals which affects no
one else? We don't need more vigilantes in society, who feel it their right to
appropriate to themselves the guardianship of society's morals and behaviour.
This attitude reflects our overall national psyche which makes us a nation that
excels in lecturing (and hectoring) others for all kinds of imagined and
perceived faults, all the while ignoring our own flaws and problems (that is
also unfortunately why whenever terrorists acts happen so many of us are quick
to spread and believe all kinds of wild conspiracy theories blaming the rest of
the world, when the attackers are quite clearly from within us and our very own
creations). It is time to jump off the moral bandwagon so many in the country
are on. We have many real problems to grapple with. We must not waste time on
others that should not concern anyone at all.
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Focus on student training
Lahore: University Model High School for Girls Management Committee
Chairperson Prof Dr Samar Fatima said that the education standard of the school
would be improved.
Addressing an Eid Milan party at the school here at
New Campus, she said special focus would be given to students' training along
with providing quality education, said a press release here on
School Management Committee Secretary Dr Aurangzeb told the
teachers that the present administration had been trying to provide a service
structure which would solved all their problems and they could fully focus on
School Principal Salma Parveen thanked the PU
vice-chancellor and said she hoped that the VC would solve all problems of
teachers through this committee and provide special funds for a staff room, a
daycare centre and two classrooms.The news
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Extra-curricular activities' plan
Lahore: The Punjab chief minister's programme of speeches, debates,
essay writing and sports for 2009 has been finalised.
details, competitions will start from Nov 5, 2009 and continue till Jan 9, 2010.
In order to monitor the programme, a provincial level committee has been
formed which consists of Punjab DPI (SE) Mian Abdul Haq (chairman), DPI
(Colleges) Dr. Abdul Razzaq Cheema (member), DPI (Elementary) Ch. Bashir Ahmad
(member), BISE Lahore chairman Dr. Akram Kashmiri (member) and sports deputy
secretary Muhammad Waris (member), whereas committees from markaz to division
level have also been set up.
These committees will be headed by the
director colleges of the division concerned (division level), education
executive district officer of the district concerned (district level), deputy
district education officers (men) of tehsil concerned (tehsil level) and
assistant education officer (men) of markaz concerned. No separate tournament
for primary, middle, high, intermediate or degree level students will be
arranged by any institution or agency like BISEs or universities or sports
boards, etc, and sports and games will also be part of the extra-curricular
No discrimination will be made between public and private
schools. The programme is only for students, hence students from all government
and private institutions will be provided with equal opportunity to participate.
Moreover, a special cell in the office of DPI (SE) has been set up under
the chairmanship of additional DPI (SE) to monitor all the activities. Phone
numbers of the cell are 042-99212268 and 0300-4433177. APP
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