Deadlock ends: Private schools in Punjab to reopen from tomorrow

LAHORE: The deadlock over closure of schools in Punjab over security has ended after Education Minister Rana Mashood met the delegation of All Pakistan Private Schools Federation today, ARY News reported.

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After the meeting, the minister told that new SOP had been issued regarding schools security. He told that schools would re-open from tomorrow.

On Saturday, the schools federation announced it wont open schools on Monday (Feb 1)

It said that the government had put the onus for security entirely on schools, instead of shouldering the responsibility itself.

According to their statement “schools were ordered closed on Monday amid confusion and uncertainty. There was speculation as to whether schools were closed due to harsh weather or whether there was a security threat. The private schools’ heads and owners have since been harassed and intimidated by various government departments and law enforcement agencies. Several individuals from various government departments have been threatening to seal schools and register FIRs against school heads and owners. Their demands vary from case to case and are not based on any consistent written guidelines,” it added.

The statement underlined that the private schools would not re-open until the government fulfilled its duty and own responsibility for the security.

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