Pakistani teachers get gun training after Peshawar massacre

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Teachers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province are being given firearms training and will be allowed to take guns into the classroom.

This action is decided to be taken to strengthen security following a Taliban massacre at Army Public School (APS) last month.

The militants killed 150 people, including 132 children, in a bloody attack on December 16 attack on Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s capital city.

“Carrying firearms for every teacher is not obligatory, but all those who want to carry firearms to schools willingly will be provided with permits,” Atif Khan, provincial education minister of KP said.

It has started to train the teachers how to use gun. It’s a two-day course and trainers are training the teachers how to handle the gun and how to use it.

The number of police in the province is not enough to guard 35,000 schools, colleges and universities that’s why it is being allowed to train the teachers to carry firearms.

Malik Khalid Khan, the president of the Private Schools Teachers Association, opposed the move to arm teachers.

Malik Khalid Khan  said, “how is it possible to teach students in a class … holding a gun in one hand and a pen in another?”.

“It’s not our job; our job is to teach them books. A teacher holding a gun in the class will have very negative affect on his students,” Khan said, adding that the government should hire more police if they are short of numbers.

Pakistani schools have already strengthened security across the country. Elevated boundary walls are being built with steel wire fencing and increasing the number of police.

Private schools have been ordered to deploy extra security guards in order to strength the security.

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