PESHAWAR: The private schools have rejected the announcement of the government regarding keeping the schools closed till July 15.

All Pakistan Private Schools Federation President Kashif Mirza said in a statement that private educational institutions are being subjected to economic murder. He said the salaries of the teachers in private educational institutions are fixed and about 90 percent buildings of such institutions are rented.

Kashif Mirza called upon the government to issue standard operating procedures (SOPs) and announce opening of the schools from June 01. He said private schools will be compelled to open the schools under their own SOPs if the government did not take any decision in this regard. He also called upon Prime Minister Imran Khan to announce a relief package for private schools.

Schools to remain closed till July 15

The National Coordination Committee (NCC) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday decided to keep educational institutions closed till July 15.

The meeting decided that the education board exams will not be held this year and students will be promoted according to their grades in the previous exams.

Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood said after the meeting that all the schools, colleges and universities will remain closed till July 15.

Private teachers not getting salaries

Several private schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have not paid salaries to teachers despite receiving full fee from parents.

Several parents while talking to TNN told that they receive message from schools even before the start of new month and messages keep on coming until the full fee is paid. They said they have also paid full promotion fee and other fees including summer task and books charges, but teachers in the same schools have said they have not been paid salaries for the last two months. They reject the argument of private schools that their source of income has stopped because they are continuously receiving fees from parents.

Such is the level of stubbornness of some private schools that private teachers even can’t gather courage to seek their salaries as they fear losing jobs if the administration was annoyed. They have demanded the relevant authorities to take notice of the matter and make sure that private teachers get their salaries.