Girls’ schools in Pakistan lack security: report

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ISLAMABAD: Seventy-two percent girls’ schools in Pakistan don’t have any protection against militancy, despite the government’s claim for providing security to educational institutions, a Free and Fair Election Network report revealed. The report said that FAFEEN checked the security arrangements of 106 schools situated across the country and found that 72 percent girls’ middle schools lacked security arrangements.
It said that the security arrangements for female students and teachers are imperative in view of militancy and previous attacks on school buildings by militants. It further said that the FAFEN teams visited 43 girls’ middle schools in 28 districts of Punjab, 26 schools in 17 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 9 schools in as many districts of Balochistan, 26 schools in 17 districts of Sindh and one school each in a Federally Administrated Tribal Area agency and Islamabad Capital Territory to monitor the state of infrastructure, attendance of teachers and students, staffing, facilities and funds.