The head of the Pakistani army General Raheel Sharif met returning pupils outside the school gate in Peshawar this morning.
"The army chief didn't make a speech but individually met the parents and assured them they would eliminate the terrorists from the country," a security official said.
Students in Pakistan began streaming back to school today for the first day of the new term.
For most, it is their first day back since the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar last month in which 150 pupils and teachers lost their lives.
At the Army Public School in Peshawar, survivors of the attack returned to their studies amid tight security with staff checking their bags at the entrance.
Officials told Reuters news agency that eight-feet high walls were being built around public schools in Peshawar as part of enhanced security.
The school that was the scene of a brutal Taliban massacre reopened today.
Pakistani children and their parents returned to the Army Public School in Peshawar where Taliban gunmen killed 150 of their classmates and teachers - one of the worst attacks the country has ever endured.
Most schools across the country have been shut for an extended winter break in the aftermath of the December 16 attack.
The deadly bomb attack in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar was from two blasts, at least one of which was a car bomb, authorities have said.
Police and hospital officials said the attack has claimed the lives of 33 people as well as wounding 70.
The deadly bomb blast in Pakistan is the latest attack to undermine Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's attempt to tame the insurgency by launching peace talks with the Taliban.
A bomb blast in the Pakistan city of Peshawar has killed 31 people and wounded 70 in an area crowded with shops and families, according to police and hospital authorities.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion outside a police station.
The blast came a week after an attack by a Taliban faction on an Anglican church that killed more than 80 people.
At least 29 people have died in a bomb blast near a police station in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, the Associated Press has reported, citing officials.
Twenty-one tribal policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban have been found shot dead in north-west Pakistan, government officials have said.
Naveed Akbar Khan said officials found the bodies just after midnight local time, after being notified by one policeman who had escaped.
Another policeman was also found with serious injuries.
Mr Khan said the dead policemen were found in the Jabai area of Frontier Region Peshawar, part of Pakistan's troubled tribal region.
The 23 policemen went missing before dawn on Thursday when militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons attacked two posts in Frontier Region Peshawar.
Two policemen were also killed in the attacks.
A bomb blast on a bus carrying government employees and civilians in Pakistan has killed eighteen people and wounded another 35.
The bus was travelling near the city of Peshawar in the north west of the country. The dead included six women, according to senior police officers.