LAHORE – With the exception of a few private institutes, schools in Punjab (both government and private) reopened today (Sunday). Chains of 12 major private schools have decided to remain shut and have sent SMS messages to the parents of the students about the closure.
According to the details, Beacon House, City School, Lahore Grammar School (LGS), LACAS, Learning Alliance, Lahore Pre-School, Smart Schools, Newlands, TNS, Gymboree Play and Music and all campuses of Salamat School have refused on the reopening.
The Spokesperson for the School Chains’ Tabraiz Bukhari has stated that the senior management will develop a framework after analyzing the government’s notification.
Meanwhile, Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhood has announced reopening of all schools in Punjab. Negotiations were held between Punjab Education Minister and the representatives of All Pakistan Schools Federation over reopening of schools on February 1 in Lahore.
There were some harsh exchanges between District Coordination Officer (DCO) and the representatives of the schools’ body during the meeting and a group of the representatives left the negotiations as well. However, they were convinced to return later on.
It has been decided in the meeting that all the cases registered against the schools in Punjab will be withdrawn and police will not harass the school administrations again.
Rana Mashood made it clear that the schools in Punjab were neither allowed to raise the fee in the name of security arrangements nor did they make any such demands.
After the notification by the Provincial government, leaders of Private School Association Kashif Mirza and Jawdani announced the reopening of schools.