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Private school association wants Pakistan educational institutes to reopen immediately

SAMAA | - Posted: Jul 8, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Jul 8, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 month ago
Private school association wants Pakistan educational institutes to reopen immediately

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The All Pakistan Private Schools and Colleges Association has demanded the government allow them to reopen educational institutions in the country.

In a statement, the APPSCA president rejected the government’s suggestion to reopen schools in September. Schools and colleges should be allowed to reopen immediately, he said.

In a meeting chaired by Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, provincial education ministers had recommended that schools, colleges and universities should not be allowed to open before September 1.

The meeting agreed that educational institutions should be reopened in the first week of September with strict SOPs in place. However, a final decision will be made in the last week of August after taking into account the advice of the health ministry.

Malik Abrar, the APPSCA president, said that educational institutes would close permanently due to the government’s “illogical” policies.

They would fully implement the SOPs if the government allowed them to reopen schools, he vowed.

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  1. A concerned parnet  July 9, 2020 9:50 am/ Reply

    School shouldn’t be opened before October and only than if the covid attacks has reduce in large number.
    2. can school shows the Parnets, media, what steps they have taken in the school for OUR Children.
    3. How many kids will be in a single classroom of certain size. As it can not be of same no. Of students in the same classroom size anymore.
    4.how will they keep distance during the clad and other times.
    5. School like head start school systems, Karachi has still not provided relief to the student n Parnets with the convid discount in the school fee for April to June or return the computer fee charged from April onwards.

    • Naheed  July 10, 2020 6:04 pm/ Reply

      like covid has told you that it would stop infecting people after october what a joke

    • T-Rex  July 12, 2020 12:54 pm/ Reply

      Then markets should also be closed and not open before October, you say you are concerned parent but even have you imagined about the loss of studies and those children getting lazy day by day staying at home we had had enough of holidays and the schools should reopen now, everything have started except the schools why is that so ?

      • Death  July 12, 2020 8:55 pm/ Reply

        So loss of studies which your child can obviously catch up on means more to,you than his or health and the health of others your child will possibly infect or might kill,there’s a reason institutions are closed, it’s because the virus is lethal for some and it spreads

  2. Mahnaz Qaiser  July 9, 2020 9:40 pm/ Reply

    This is ridiculous.How can schools be opened in this heat,let alone the corona virus! In case the private school owners have forgotten,it is mid July,one of the hottest months with the humidity of monsoons coming up to boot.This is an extraordinary situation so no one should expect life to return to normal one fine morning.Maybe now is the time to improve the wireless communication in the country,which has proved to be a nessecity,instead of making unreasonable demands.How exactly will the SOPs be enforced,as another reader commented.How do you expect a four year old to follow the SOPs?And who is going to watch the four year olds to ensur e the children are following the SOPs?Seriously,people should come up with novel solutions instead of complaining.

    • T-Rex  July 12, 2020 12:49 pm/ Reply

      Then why are markets open why do people go to markets in this heat in schools we sit under a roof like we do in our houses. So the schools should open immediately.

  3. Mussarat azhar mehr.  July 9, 2020 9:43 pm/ Reply

    On eid all the markets were full of ladies along with kids without mask,they have contaminated enough themselves.80 percent public is not following the sops,and visiting each others homes,and wandering in the markets, small businesses and private schools would not be able to sustain themselves without the inspiration of hope from Government.

  4. Mussarat azhar mehr  July 9, 2020 9:53 pm/ Reply

    First September is an ideal time with moderate weather,to open the schools, as for as the sops concern,its the duty of the king or queen of the country,to provide brochures, in clear and bold letters,and also a TV channel should train the public practically, t how to behave in panademic,what to do in school,how to keep distance,and how to abide law,how to be good citizen, how to avoid leaving home for nothing.

  5. Atiya  July 10, 2020 5:13 am/ Reply

    Schools should open immediately with strict sops becoz students
    as well as private school teachers are also suffering they are without sellries from march.Goverment should take notice of it schools are not paying their teachers

  6. Saqib  July 10, 2020 9:53 am/ Reply

    I fully support the private school

  7. Ashfaq  July 10, 2020 11:13 am/ Reply

    Nobody is following the SOPs in this country even people don’t know what SOP is? Schools want to increase their income with another source of Mask and sanitizers etc. In case of spread of virus in the schools, school administrators will blame the parents and vice versa. I think schools should not be openend before Ist September, even after this, Regards

    • Anonymous  July 10, 2020 4:26 pm/ Reply

      very strange approach of the government .parents are free to bring virus from shops.bazar and from every where to there childrens, no restrictions but childrens are not allowed to continue there educational activities.these childrens are safe in all public gathering points but not in school.so sorry, I d,nt understand the approach of this government. the biggest loss i feel is the disconnection of students from there educational activities.

    • Anonymous  July 12, 2020 3:44 am/ Reply

      We need to think practically. Being in the teaching profession for 15 years I know there is a lot to look into, not just the SOPs of mask, space and sanitizer. . For example, everyday children submit their homework assignments in copies which are collected and distributed by students who pass them around in the classroom. Now we all know that this infection is surface borne. How are we possibly going to handle books and copies? We cannot have children touching each other’s copies while passing them and neither can teachers risk their health touching so many assignment books coming from different homes every day . And then who will watch over children who commute in fully jam packed vans?
      If any child suddenly develops fever in school how will teachers handle him …I mean sitting with a sick child in the sick room will be risky now. Plus teachers will also come to school even if they have fever as not everyone can afford a salary deduction, but this will again be risky for children. It’s not that simple.

  8. Noor Muhammad  July 10, 2020 12:53 pm/ Reply

    School should reopen with strict SOPs

  9. ashiq khattak  July 10, 2020 4:29 pm/ Reply

    very strange approach of the government .parents are free to bring virus from shops.bazar and from every where to there childrens, no restrictions but childrens are not allowed to continue there educational activities.these childrens are safe in all public gathering points but not in school.so sorry, I d,nt understand the approach of this government. the biggest loss i feel is the disconnection of students from there educational activities.

  10. Muhammad Ali  July 10, 2020 4:56 pm/ Reply

    Imagine buses are on roads, children are on streets, markets n roads are full but covid is only applicable on schools???

  11. Taqiy abbas  July 10, 2020 6:46 pm/ Reply

    It is impossible for kids to wear mask all time nd follow other precautions….so i think it is not right to open school immediatly.1 september is da ideal time to reopen school .

    • Anonymous  July 11, 2020 3:37 am/ Reply

      You should also consider kids who do not comprehend this situation. What do you expect from a student of KG

    • Amna Shigri  July 11, 2020 10:22 am/ Reply

      If only strictly SOPs can be followed by the students and staff and teachers is possible which won’t be in this humid weather the school should open. SOPs means 10 to 15 children in class with masks. Room temperature should be bearable with masks and school timings should be short washroom should be cleaned and sanitizer and soaps should be available in them. No crowding up in any where in ground or canteen. I believe children can study online the school fee of private schools should reduce to 50%. September looks good time to start provided SOP are followed strictly. Children aging 14 and above can manage SOP if given instructions and guidelines. Younger children might take lot of practice to learn SOPs

  12. Fahim Ashfaq  July 11, 2020 1:05 pm/ Reply

    It is the money demon that drives them to get the schools reopened.Is there a passion or compulsion behind it to impart education? It can be indubitabily be fathomed from the number of students taking tutions. Even the very same class teachers are their tutors.
    To gauge the sincerity of schools owners, government must set down clear SOP’s and ask them to show physically and practically how they are going to follow them.I have no doubt they will miserably fail.
    Houses are safe sanctuaries for children. Unless the pandemic subsides substantially or is controlled to a level where its spurting out is not possible then government must think of reopening the schools and that under stringent supervision.

  13. Arshad  July 11, 2020 8:14 pm/ Reply

    I will not send my kids to school in present circumstances no matter what. I am sure a lot of parents feel that way. I rather they lose a year then gamble with their lives. Kids cannot be expected to follow sop’s when adults in our country don’t.

  14. Hajra  July 12, 2020 1:33 am/ Reply

    I will not send my kids no matter what , i would rather lose a year or so, but my child life is much more important than money making mafia of schools, in our country when such big donkey adults don’t follow SOPs than how could a Kindergarten will follow? This all is only a money making mafia and nothing else , i think all the other parents also thinks the same way, and i request the govt. Not to listen the schools mafia and opt for online session rather than risking the life of our kids by listening to the school money making mafia

  15. Anonymous but concerned  July 12, 2020 12:04 pm/ Reply

    Mid of August is a better time for educational institutions to open. The physical classroom is more conducive for the students although the virtual classroom has its benefits too.
    The worst hit people are the teaching faculty as they are going through a very tough time at the hands of their private Management whether it is a school or a college. All kinds of injustices are being meted against them.
    I hope someone who is concerned about the well being of the society as a whole looks into the affairs of these private institutions and especially the plight of the teachers who are doing their best but receiving the least from this mafia.

  16. Ieman shoaib  July 12, 2020 6:12 pm/ Reply

    Opening schools will be a big mistake as due to this pandemic as hard we try we can’t maintain the safety precautions. No matter what but I will not my children to school

  17. Najeeb  July 12, 2020 8:57 pm/ Reply

    Just obviously a society whose adults couldn’t make each others to follow SOPs … How do you expect minors of that society to start following it?
    Considering their immunity is not as strong as of adults, opening schools because markets are open too doesn’t seem a rational stance since 2 wrongs don’t make a right. And if that’s the approach our educational institutions are taking, I’d rather keep my kids home instead of sending them for learning to such mindsets!

    Modern learning has transformed drastically and if the schools can’t keep up with that. I don’t consider them anything but a pure ‘business’ versus a 21st century learning institution. What they are after is just ‘subsidy’ from the government for their survival.

    They’re afraid of loosing their place and afraid of the vacuum which cultivates creative problem solvers to form better substitutes. Imagine the whole van, lunch, canteen, notebooks, stationary, hugs and hand shakes amongst minors…this is a surface borne virus.

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