Lahore: The Punjab administration resolved on Monday to prevent the construction of schools along highways and major thoroughfares.

The decision was decided at a meeting held in the aftermath of the deaths of four pupils in a traffic accident on a highway in Bahawalpur, and orders were given to the commissioners, regional police officers (RPOs), and relevant departments to that effect.

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The Civil Secretariat meeting was headed by Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal. The meeting was attended by IGP Rao Sardar Ali Khan, Additional IG Motorway Police, and administrative secretaries from various departments, including schools, higher education, excise, the Lahore commissioner, and officers relevant, as well as divisional commissioners and RPOs via video link.

Along highways and key roadways, the chief secretary ordered that signboards and cat’s eyes be placed near schools, hospitals, and parks.

During the opening and closing of schools, he said, schools will be required to deploy four road crossing assistants under the supervision of a duty teacher.

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He requested that the officials conduct a review of all private schools located near highways and major thoroughfares in order to identify high-risk educational institutions. Pedestrian service roads and overhead bridges should be built whenever practicable, he suggested.

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