Schools' destruction in KP: Federal education ministry demands prompt action

In letter, federal govt assures supporting KP authorities to ensure security of educational institutions

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Schools destruction in KP: Federal education ministry demands prompt action
This file photo shows girls attending a school in Swat. — AFP
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  • Federal govt suggests developing comprehensive plan for security.

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training has drawn the urgent attention of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's (KP) chief secretary regarding the destruction of schools by terrorists in newly merged districts and demanded prompt action against the menace of terrorism.

In a letter written to the KP chief secretary, the federal secretary of the education ministry has expressed grave concern over the recent incidents of destruction of schools in the newly-merged districts of the province.

"It is particularly disheartening to note that these heinous acts of terrorism are disproportionately targeting institutions dedicated to girls'' education," the letter said.

The federal government, it said, is deeply alarmed by these developments, which not only endanger the lives of "our children but also threaten the progress we have made in promoting education and gender equality in these regions, it said, adding that the education of girls is a cornerstone of our national development strategy, and any attack on this front is an attack on the future of our nation".

"I want to reassure you that the federal government stands in solidarity with the provincial administration of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during this challenging time."

"We are fully committed to supporting all necessary measures to ensure the security of educational institutions and to swiftly rebuild the schools that have been destroyed."

"It is imperative that we work together to counter this menace of extremism and restore a sense of safety and normalcy for our students and educators," the letter added.

To this end, the letter said: "I propose the establishment of a joint task force comprising federal and provincial representatives to develop a comprehensive plan for the reconstruction of damaged schools and the enhancement of security measures across the region."

The letter also added that this task force should focus on community engagement and resilience-building to prevent further extremist activities and to foster an environment where education can thrive without fear.

"Please be assured of our unwavering support and cooperation. Together, we can and must ensure that the right to education, particularly for our girls, is protected and promoted, despite the challenges posed by extremist elements.

The federal government sought a prompt response from the province and offered to work closely with the KP administration to address the critical issue.