Earlier a security audit was carried by Punjab’s Interior department in 4,894 government schools all over the province. The report shows that there are no such schools that have robust security measures and students are at risk.
The department has brought the violation of the SOP’s (standard operating procedures) by the government schools under the notice of police department, education and commissioners of 10 districts.
The interior department inspected 129 schools in Lahore, 313 in Bahawalnagar, 360 in Faisalabad, 415 in Sahiwal, 450 in DG Khan, 457 in Sargodha, 465 in Rawalpindi, 490 in Sheikhupura, 745 in Multan and 1,025 schools in Gujranwala.
Out of 4894 inspected schools in 10 districts, 1069 are those which do not have any boundary walls, 254 have no CCTV cameras, 4,210 have no walkthrough gates, 40 schools were those where the security guards are carrying non-functional guns and 12 schools have no metal detectors.
Further, 4,827 schools are without scanners, in 854 schools the security guards let the visitors in without checking and 263 schools have no record of the visitors. Bunkers are not present at the entry and exit points of 1,626 schools.
Not a single school has a central control room to keep an eye on the situation. There are no panic buttons installed and no emergency alarms in any emergency.
The interior department says all the schools must have these security measures as mentioned in the SOP.
As a response to the audit report, the education department complained of having insufficient fund to implement such security measures in accordance with SOP.