Government urged to reopen private schools in university town

PESHAWAR: Administrators of private education institutions have warned the government to launch a protest if all closed education institutions in the university town are not reopened within a week.

Speaking at a joint press conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Thursday, Private Schools Association (PSA) President Nazar Hussain, NEC President Mohammad Iqbal, PSA President Ahmad Ali Darwaish and President of the Association of Hayatabad Schools Seema Jamil said the provincial government had pushed the future of around 25,000 students towards destruction by sealing hundreds of educational institutions in the university town.

Nazar Hussain said the provincial government had no other arrangements to educate 25,000 students, nor any resources to reopen educational institutions for such large numbers of students. He said the government itself allowed the registration and operation of these schools after collecting fees, he said.

He said it was right that running schools in residential areas should be illegal, but educating children in such an area was also necessary. He said it was also unfortunate that the government does not have a system to provide education to all children and that private schools help the government educate all children, especially minors.

Seema Jamil and other members appealed to the senior judiciary to review the decision to seal the educational facilities, ordering the authorities to reopen these schools and allow them to educate children.

They said implementing the Local Government Act in a particular area was illegal, adding that there was a difference between business activities and education. They said they would appeal to the Peshawar High Court against the government’s decision to seek justice and expressed hope for redress from the court.

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