–Private schools demand financial package from govt
ISLAMABAD: The Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) has ordered private schools and colleges to only collect fees on a monthly basis, warning against the collection of advance fees.
The order was announced in a notification issued here on Tuesday.
“All private educational institutions are advised to ensure the compliance of standard of procedures (SOPs) in true letter and spirit,” the notification said.
PEIRA has also directed private educational institutions to allow only three to four staff members to attend institutions on account of administrative duties, including payment of salaries to staff and utility bills etc.
According to the SOPs, these staff members should observe all health precautions and should be observed whereas any type of gathering should be avoided in all institutions. Both teaching and non-teaching staff must be paid regularly.
Students may be engaged in the learning process through any online/social media or other appropriate technologies, the SOPs further state.
According to PEIRA, the current vacations in private schools would be treated as summer vacations.
Meanwhile, the All Pakistan Private Schools and Colleges Association (APPSCA) has demanded of the federal and provincial governments to provide a special financial package to private educational institutions during their ongoing closure due to the pandemic.
Talking to APP on Tuesday, APPSCA President Malik Ibrar said there are around 200,000 teaching staff and school owners needed financial assistance from the government otherwise each school would have to bear expenditures, including teacher’s salaries, rents, affiliation and registration fee of school, salaries of other employees and utility bills etc. out of its own pocket.
“Except a few, most school owners hardly fulfil expenditures of their life as they take very low fees from students,” he complained.
Malik Ibrar further stated that private schools, being a major stakeholder, were providing education to more than 60 per cent students and around 90 per cent such schools may be shut down if they would not be supported by the government.
The closure of these schools would also lead to mass unemployment.
“The government, while continuing its positive educational policies, should pay more focus on education especially to facilitate the teachers,” he urged.