Many of the schools have been affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic therefore the government has decided to provide financial relief package to private schools with low fees. According to Shafqat Mehmood Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, a discussion will be carried out with Prime Minister Imran Khan and he is hopeful that the packages will be approved.
Recently, MNAs Nuzhat Pathan, Ali Khan Jadoon, and Uzma Riaz notified not to open schools from August 2020 to which Shafqat Mehmood responded that the schools can also get benefit from the loan scheme which has been introduced by the SBP (State Bank of Pakistan). The loan offers a low mark-up of 3-5 percent. The education minister asked the State Bank of Pakistan to provide ease for low-fee schools.
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Moreover, he told that schools in Islamabad have made a reduction in their fee by twenty percent and also asked the provincial governments to do the same. Schools all over Pakistan are expected to reopen from the 15th of September.
Shafqat Mehmood suggested extending the school year by 4 months or reducing the syllabus. So far, the final decision has not been taken for the reopening of the schools. The decision will be taken after examining the current situation of COVID-19 in Pakistan.