Peshawar: Following the Taliban attack in an Army school in Peshawar last month, teachers in North-west Pakistan are being given firearms training and will be allowed to carry guns to the classroom.
The Peshawar attack had left 132 children dead in one of the most barbaric attack of the recent years.
Heavily armed militants killed 150 people, 132 of them children, in a bloody December 16 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, the main town in Pakistan’s northwest.
Provincial Education Minister Atif Khan said, “Carrying firearms for every teacher is not obligatory, but all those who want to carry firearms to schools willingly will be provided with permits”.
Provincial Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani confirmed the decision, adding that the province was unable to provide police guards for all of its government-run education institutions.
Authorities began training teachers in how to use guns last week and the latest batch of female trainees started learning the ropes on Tuesday.
In the two-day course, the teachers of the government run schools would be given training on gun handling and the procedures of using it.
Security have already been strengthened in schools across the country with the elevation of boundary wall and steel wire fencing and the number of police personnel have been increased. The private schools have been ordered to deploy extra security guards.
Pakistan has already strengthened security for schools across the country, including by building elevated boundary walls with steel wire fencing and increasing the number of police.
On the other, Malik Khalid Khan, the President of the Private Schools Teachers Association, opposed the move to arm teachers. He said that it is not possible to teach students in class holding gun in one hand and a pen in the other.
He also addded that the step will have negative effects on the students. He urged the government to hire more police if there is shortage in the number of security personnel.