STATE EDUCATION DEPT/DISTRICT AUTHORITIES IN DEEP SLUMBER
Ahead of the Republic day celebrations the security forces are in a state of high alert and have been directed to maintain tight vigil especially on the suspicious movement of miscreants in border areas. Arrival of US President Barack Obama to India on the eve of Republic day is also keeping the security forces on tenterhooks as they apprehend major terror strike to divert the attention.
It appears the state education department, the district administration and even local police authorities are deliberately sleeping over the matter and instead of taking prompt action are wasting precious time in addressing the issue.
In the absence of any clarity the majority of parents of school going children are worried about the safety of their wards and relatives employed in these schools.
On the other hand the Army public schools, Kendriya Vidalayas and BSF schools have been closed down for a long period of eight days in response to the intelligence reports warning possible strikes on soft targets including schools.
Ironically, the district authorities in Jammu on Thursday claimed since no such directive has been issued by the state agencies nor the issue came up for discussion during the meeting of the Unified headquarters there was no need to shut down the schools ahead of Republic day celebrations. Meanwhile, worried about the safety of their wards several parents Thursday demanded that the govt should declare hoilday for few days to ensure safety of children.
It may be mentioned that on the occasion of Army day on January 15 Lt Gen KH Singh, GOC of 16 corps had claimed that militants from across the border may strike at soft targets including schools, civilian areas and convoy along the National Highway in Jammu to divert attention ahead of the visit of US President Barack Obama.