China to ensure security at every school by 2013

August 18th, 2012 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS  

Shaan Beijing, Aug 17 (IANS) With a number of murder incidents taking place in Chinese schools in recent years, the country has decided to beef up security measures at schools and kindergartens by next year.

According to China’s Education Minister Yuan Guiren, the country will ensure every school and kindergarten has at least one security guard by 2013.

The minister also ordered schools to hold one emergency drill each term, organise security courses, improve security systems and strengthen security in human resources and technology, China Daily reported.

In Nanping county in China’s Fujian province, Zheng Minsheng, a doctor, stabbed eight students to death and injured five others at a primary school March 23, 2010.

In May, 2010, Wu Huanming killed seven children and two women in a kindergarten in Nanzheng county in Shaanxi province. Another 11 children were injured.

In the few weeks between the two incidents, a few other school killings occurred in other towns and cities including Shanwei in Guangdong, Hepu in Guangxi, Leizhou in Guangdong, Taixing in Jiangsu and Weifang in Shandong.

A total of 19 people were killed and almost a hundred were injured in these incidents that triggered a national alert for school safety.

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