Private schools have been directed by the Punjab government to give 20% concession in the tuition fee along with collecting the fees of the following two months separately.
The Chief Minister addressed a news briefing in Lahore and said that private schools have been asked to not layoff their employees.
Government of Punjab tweeted, “The fees will be collected on a monthly bases
•Job Security of Teachers will be ensured.”
Adding, “The total amount of the relief package has been increased from Rs 4000 to Rs 12000
•15 million people have applied for the relief package
•Private schools will reduce their fees by 20%.”
In a meeting of a special committee, this decision was taken. The meeting was chaired by the Punjab Minister for Law Raja Basharat and attended by Minister for School Education Murad Raas.
The law minister asked the schools to recommend steps to be taken in the current lockdown situation. He said that after the proposals are taken, the final decision will be taken by the Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
However, he said that the private school owners must voluntarily give at least a 20% discount in the fees for the months of April and May.
Furthermore, Basharat said that schools should not take a three-month-fee. Also, no teacher should be fired or salary cut.
However, All Pakistan Private Schools Association President Kashif Mirza said: “How are we supposed to pay [teachers] when we are not receiving even 1% of the fee.”
Adding, “We are not even allowed to open the gates of the schools,” he said. “We will consult our lawyers and then announce our stance on the decision.”