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Bomb goes off at Chitral school

CHITRAL: In the latest assault on education, a bomb ripped through a primary school in Chitral on Sunday. Rescue sources said the blast occurred at the Government Primary School in Arandu Gol area of Chitral. The school is located in close proximity of the Pak-Afghan border. Two rooms of the school were completely destroyed in the explosion. However, there were no reports of any loss of life in the school incident. Last month, twelve schools – eight girls and four boys – were burnt down in various parts of…

SBCA ‘throws’ schoolchildren to road from ‘illegal building’ in Karachi

KARACHI: A large number of students were forced to sit on a pavement outside a school after the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) declared building of the educational institution in city’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area as illegal. According to SBCA officers, the building was constructed in violation of rules and without the building control authority’s approval. The school administration has been left in the quandary and asked the SBCA as where would they shift ‘more than 100 students’ after sealing of the building…

3 Afghans beheaded, school torched in suspected IS attack

JALALABAD: Unidentified gunmen beheaded three men and torched a boys’ school in Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan late on Saturday, in an attack officials blamed on Islamic State (IS) militants. “They brutally beheaded three attendants and set fire to the school building,” Mohammad Asif Shinwari, spokesman for the education department said, adding that the administrative offices and the school library were completely burnt. So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which came after warnings…

Pakistan to open its first-ever transgender school

LAHORE: Pakistan has established its first ever transgender school to provide education and vocational training to Pakistan's transgender community. The school is set to open its doors from April 15th in Lahore. Offering full 12 years of academic education from primary to matriculation this institute is named “The Gender Guardian”. It will later expand to college-level education as well. The school will also cater technical education classes such as fashion designing, grooming courses (beautician and hair styling),…

Israel bans Palestinian minister from east Jerusalem school

JERUSALEM: Israel barred the Palestinian education minister, Sabri Saidam,from visiting a in the Old City of annexed east Jerusalem on Monday, officials said. "The minister entered Jerusalem but was prevented from entering the school. Israeli security banned him at the door of the school," ministry spokesman Sadiq al-Khadour told AFP, saying it was the third such incident. "This ban comes in the context of escalation against Palestinian education in Jerusalem." Palestinian official media said the tourism minister,…

Seventh grader shoots himself in Ohio school, prompting lockdown

OHIO: A seventh-grade student shot and wounded himself inside a school bathroom in Ohio on Tuesday morning with a gun he brought to school, but no one else was injured, police said. The school, located in the city of Massillon, about 55 miles (90 km) south of Cleveland, went into lockdown after the shooting, before closing early for the day, police and school officials said. The boy, whose age and name have not been released, brought a .22-caliber long gun and a backpack filled with “distractionary devices” to Jackson…

Accused Florida gunman visited restaurants, store after killing: police

ARKLAND, Fla: The 19-year-old man accused of killing 17 people at a Florida high school fled hidden in a crowd of frightened students and visited two fast food restaurants before he was arrested less than two hours after the massacre, officials said on Thursday. Authorities said the alleged gunman, Nikolas Cruz, stopped at a Wal-Mart, a Subway restaurant and a McDonald’s immediately after carrying out the second-deadliest mass shooting at a public school in U.S. history. “The suspect crossed fields and ran west along…