Private Schools Association Rejects Decision to Keep Schools Closed, Terms It “Economic Murder” of Private Institutes

Private schools association have rejected the federal government’s decision to keep the schools closed till July 15, and has termed it as “economic murder” of private institutes.

In a statement, All Pakistan Schools Federation President Kashif Mirza said that they would not accept the government’s decision to keep the educational institutions closed until July 15.

Terming it “economic murder” of private institutes, Mirza said that 90 per cent private school buildings are rented while teachers are to be paid their salaries too.

“Around 50% schools would be shut down permanently and one million people would lose their jobs if educational institutes remained closed until July 15,” Mirza said. “It is impossible to recover educational losses due to the coronavirus lockdown.”

He demanded the government formulate SOPs and announce reopening of schools across Pakistan from June 1. The APPSF president said if the government didn’t do so, then they would be forced to reopen schools under their own SOPs.

He also demanded the government withdraw the decision to cancel board exams. Mirza said there will be many shortcomings when the decision comes into effect.

On Thursday, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood said that the government had decided to extend the closure of all educational institutions until the mid of July due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Mahmood said that due to the ongoing crisis, the board examinations for the ninth grade to intermediate (12th grade) will not be held. He further stated that that students will be promoted to next grades based on their performances in previous classes.

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