Private school associations have rejected the federal government’s decision to extend the reopening date of schools until July 15, saying that it will be akin to the ‘economic murder’ of school owners.
Hours after the federal government’s announcement, All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF) President, Kashif Mirza, issued a statement saying that they will not accept the decision.
Mirza said that 90 percent of private schools are using rented buildings and owners are bound to pay salaries to teachers and other staff.
Around 50% of schools would be shut down permanently and one million people would lose their jobs if educational institutes remained closed until July 15.
He also highlighted the other downside of the decision, saying that it will be impossible for students to recover educational losses due to the extended lockdown.
Mirza urged the government to devise SOPs and open schools from June 1 across the country. He warned that APPSF will open schools under their own SOPs if the government fails to do so.
He was also against the federation’s decision of canceling board exams. Mirza said there will be many shortcomings when the decision comes into effect.
Earlier on Thursday, Federal Education Minister, Shafqat Mehmood, had announced to cancel all board exams, saying that students will be promoted to next grades based on their performances in previous classes.