PAKISTAN, 20 April 2010 (The Statesman) - Media persons had just returned on Monday after the coverage of an oil tanker blaze near Jamrud in Khyber Agency when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off outside the main gate of the otherwise well-guarded Police Public School (PPS) thus further adding to the sense of fear, anxiety and exasperation in the vital triangle of parents, teachers and students.
The blast triggered by the IED initially killed a child and injured 10 others, none of them belonging to PPS. Some news portals showed a rickshaw and a car badly caught up in flames while local television stations aired video clippings showing school textbooks scattered outside the black gate of the roadside building. For reasons known partly to parents but fully to the board of governors, the graph of school's reputation has generally been on decline for the past some time. Lack of effective administration, unenviable student behaviour and somewhat mentally disturbed teaching staff having no security about future are some of the factors that have eroded the credibility of the educational institution, which is still considered to be among the top 10 schools of Peshawar.
The inbuilt friction and hostility in the mutual relationship between the principal and the teaching staff have, so to speak, marred the academic atmosphere. The disciplinarian former principal, Gul Khan, was shoved aside a few years back after he reportedly developed differences with a top police officer. With April 15 as the last date, the additional inspector-general of NWFP police advertised the post of the principal but probably disgusted with the arbitrary dismissal of the ex-principal, some of City's known educationists did not bother to apply. With latent anger and unrest found in the school employees, the explosion could well have been the handiwork of some disgruntled elements. The subversive act may also have been aimed at officials of the customs and excise department who tend to relax in a make-shift check-post nearby. A thorough probe into the incident can expose the culprits.
Von: Copyright © 2010. The Statesman, 20 April 2010