Private schools have petitioned the government to reverse its decision to begin the academic year in August, claiming that the decision burdens schools that are already struggling to stay afloat.
Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Chairman of the Pakistan Alliance of Private Schools Association (PAPSA), requested that the government reconsider its decision and fix their grievances at a press conference in Lahore.
“Private educational institutions are in financial trouble as a result of the lockdown school closures. If schools do not get fees for June and July, the situation would worsen, according to Sheikh Akram.
If their demands are not granted, he threatened, the alliance will ignore government directives and begin the new school year in April.
Sheikh Akram believes the government should acknowledge private schools as stakeholders and include them in key decision-making processes.
He urged that the government grant interest-free loans and tax exemptions to tiny private schools that had been harmed by the pandemic’s recurrent closures.
The PAPSA president stated that, contrary to popular belief, not all school owners are wealthy. He asked the government to rank private schools according to their fees and treat them as such.