–APPSA hold protest against discriminatory policies of Punjab Education Foundation
DG KHAN: Private school owners have held a protest near Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar’s residence in Dera Ghazi Khan against the discriminatory policies of the Punjab Education Foundation.
During the demonstration, the president of All Pakistan Private Schools Association (APPSA) said: “They will shut down schools if the PEF continued its discriminatory practices of denying admission to its [PEF] partners.
As per the new PEF policy no partner school will be allowed to give admissions to any student in FAS or in NSP programmes, he said, adding the limit for EVS programme in the new session is 35 admissions.
Responding to a question All Pakistan Private Schools Association representative Shabir Hashmi told Pakistan Today that authorities are doing this to achieve admission targets for the government schools. He, however, said the PEF shouldn’t bar its partners from inducting students under PEF programmes.
Hashmi claimed that teachers and school owners were arrested in DG Khan in front of Buzdar’s house, adding that it was a peaceful protest against the PEF policies.
Responding to the arrest of protesters, SHO Iftikhar Malkani denied the allegation, saying: “Police have not arrested anyone so far.” The police are only stopping protestors from reaching the CM’s house.