Private Schools in Karachi to announce winter vacations once again?

The week long winter holidays nationwide ended as the new year started. Country wide classes commenced on from 2nd January, but the attendance were reported to be quite low.

The intense cold wave have surrounded the nation and that is why students have not been that regular to the schools.

Seeing this, Karachi Private School Federation  is looking to seek more winter holidays for the students.

All Private Schools Management Association in Karachi has called upon the Sindh government to extend the winter holidays, but yet the final decision has yet not came up.

Earlier the Government of Sindh has announced the schedule of winter vacations and as per the notification, all the school and colleges of the province were asked to remain closed from December 22 to December 31.

The government official further told that all the college and school in the province will be strictly obliging the announcement made by the government and in order to cope with the one not following the instruction will be handled according to the law.

Schools in Punjab to remain close on 8, 9 March

All Pakistan Private School Federation and Pakistan Education Council has announced two day strike in Private Schools situated in Lahore city. Following this private schools will remain close on 8 and 9 March.

Furthermore, sources also told that all the A-category schools in Punjab’s capital city will remain close due to the amended education Bill.

The private school owners are of the point that the orders of Punjab Government will lay more financial burden on private school owners.

Earlier,President All Pakistan Private School Federation Kashif Mirza met with Education Minister Rana Mashood in a high-level meeting. Raza along with delegation of Private Schools Federation explained about the concerns of Private School owners.

It should be known that, Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Amendment Bill was passed by the Punjab Assembly on February 26.

The bill was decried by the private school authorities as they said that this will be a barrier for private schools in promoting and regulating the education in the province.

According to the sources, the real point of conflict between government and Private school association is that the amendment  bill passed at Punjab Assembly restrains private schools from increasing fees without any prior notice or permission from the government authority.

On the other hand it is being told that private schools association wants to make 7 percent increase in their fee, which is not getting proposal from government.

Following all this, Kashif Mirza has called off for the A-category private schools in Lahore.

Schools in Punjab to reopen from tomorrow

The chaos have finally ended as the Education Minister Rana Mashood in meeting with the private schools delegation have set a organized structure to deal with the terrorism threats to the schools of Punjab.

Here it should be mentioned that all the schools of Punjab were called off late on Monday, the authorities at that time told that the action of unusual holidays was taken due to the cold wave and fog throughout the province. According to the circular, all the schools of province, including Government and private were ordered to close their schools from 26-31 January.

The sources at that time also buzzed that this initiative was kicked off by the authorities due to the terrorist threat over these educational institutes.

The attack on Bacha Khan University also left student in deep shock and directly affected the attendance of the institutes. To make sure the security measurements, different search operations are carried in the province and the latest meeting of Education Minister with stakeholders unveils that its favorable to reopen the schools per their daily routine.

Earlier, when authorities asked to close the school from 26-31 January, many of the schools decided to change the classes timing and carried on their educational activities. The authorities took severe action against such institutes and also heavily find them.

Sources also told that, according to the previous order of authorities regarding maintenance of security by the private institutes, many of the schools were also fined for not maintaining a proper security.

Over this all situation, All-Pakistan Private School Federation decided not to open the schools from February 1 as they were having several concerns over the governments order. Here are the detailed reasons of All-Pakistan Private School Federation over not opening the schools from tomorrow:

1) The entire onus of security has been shifted by the Punjab Government onto schools;

2) Schools were closed by the Punjab Government on the midnight of Monday 25 January on the pretext of cold weather;

3) An environment of confusion, uncertainty and fear has been created in the Punjab. There is all-round speculation as to whether schools were genuinely closed due to adverse weather or whether there was a security threat that prompted closure;

4) Private schools and their heads and owners are being persistently harassed and intimidated by various government departments and law enforcement agencies. Individuals from various government departments, many with no security background, have been threatening to seal schools and issue FIRs against school heads and owners. Their demands vary from case to case and are not based on any consistent written guidelines.

5) Private schools are already in compliance with the written security guidelines that were issued in December 2014. Additional requirements, mostly verbal, are now being imposed in an ad hoc and unlawful manner.

6) As per the Constitution of Pakistan, the security of all citizens is the responsibility of the state.

7) Private schools are responsible for the provision of education. They cannot be expected to, nor do they have the resources to provide the level of security that is being demanded by the government.

Although, the deadlock between All-Pakistan Private School Federation and government have ended today after both of them sat in a meeting, which become fruitful in this regard.