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Reopening schools

The Karachi Private Schools Federation (KPSF) has requested Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to allow resuming classes of all grades with Covid-19 standard operating procedures.

The organisation has also informed the CM that some people have been creating misunderstandings between parents and teachers, so the provincial government should take tangible measures against them.

In his letter, KPSF Chairman Munawar Hameed has tried to draw the attention of the chief executive towards some of the low-fee schools that are unable to cover their monthly expenses as parents are unwilling to pay their children’s fees due to minimum educational activities.

He said the controlling authority should play its role in the matter. He also asked the provincial government to announce financial relief for such low-fee schools so that these institutions can be saved from being closed for good.

“We have no other means to get financial resources to run private educational institutions, except fees. The buildings have been rented, and the rent is constantly increasing every year,” he said.

“In addition, the education department has issued instructions to pay the salaries of teachers, while we also have to pay the utility bills. There are other expenses to be met as well, and the only way to pay for all of these is to collect fees.”

He said that in accordance with the education department’s orders, they have given 20 per cent concession in fees to students from April 2020 to September 2020, adding that they are also bound by law to waive off fees of 10 per cent of their students.

“We are complying with the law, but private educational institutions are facing severe financial difficulties due to frequent closures, and in this state of crisis, hundreds of schools have closed,” said Hameed. He appealed to the CM to make decisions based on facts and give relief to private schools like other sectors.

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