KARACHI: Chairman All Private Schools Management Association (Sindh) Syed Khalid Shah on Wednesday said that government should take immediate steps to ensure security for all schools in the city, as after the Peshawar incident students and parents are feeling them insecure.
He said, speaking to a press conference at Karachi Press Club (KPC), Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that country is facing tremendous security concerns, adding despite this they have not prepared any plan to counter these threats.
Syed Khalid Shah said our morale is high and the teachers are also playing their effective role as the teachers of Peshawar school have left a lofty example by sacrificing their lives but to protect the schoolchildren.
He said a letter was sent to the governor of Sindh, chief minister of Sind, senior minister of education Sindh, IG police, home secretary, and secretary education, requesting them for safety of schools in Karachi.
He said after the winter vacation the parents should be made satisfied about the security so that the education system could be continued smoothly.
Shah said that we will arrange a training program in schools for how to face any emergency situation, after the winter holidays in collaboration with the commissioner Karachi office.
He instructed to schools administrations to display a list of emergency phone numbers in their offices. Those schools that are financially stable should depute their own guard at schools gates, adding any vehicle should not be allowed to be parked outside the school building and if any suspicious vehicle is parked there the school administration should inform the police. He said vendors and pushcart men should not be allowed to sell anything outside the schools. The school administrations should arrange a window for public dealing and no one be allowed to come inside the school. During the half time students should not be allowed going outside the schools. They should be directed to go home after they leaving school immediately.
He also appealed to government departments for discharging their responsibilities, provide arms license to the school administrations, and give tax relief so that schools can afforded security expenses. During the school time police patrolling around schools be arranged and rescue services provided urgently in case of any emergency.
Coordinators for APSMA Karachi Hassan Qutub, Ishrat Ahmed, Sahbih Ahmed, and Jamshoro chapter president Mohammad Iqbal were present.