The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF)has announced to reopen schools from August 15, stating that government’s September 15 deadline is impractical and unfeasible for schools’ administration.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, the association’s chairman stated that school owners cannot bear financial and economic burden anymore and that the schools need to be opened as soon as possible.
If the schools continued to be closed any further, they’ll likely be permanently closed down as schools’ administrations are unable to bear expenses any longer including utility bills, employees’ salaries and rent.
Furthermore, the union has stressed upon the fact that the timeline set by the government for the reopening of schools will only add to the woes of students and school owners, further increasing their academic and financial losses respectively.
The development comes as earlier, Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood had announced the reopening of educational institutions under strict SOPs from September 15. However, the government will review the situation at the end of August or the starting week of September.