Privatization of Schools by the Punjab School Education Department
The Punjab School Education Department (SED) is confronting a reaction as it speeds up the privatization of 350 government schools in the Rawalpindi division, in spite of protests from teacher’s associations.
This privatization attempt incorporates all resources, including buildings, playgrounds, and research centers, assessed to be worth billions of rupees. When these state-funded schools fall under private sector control, the public authority will totally give up its immediate power over them.
Reports guarantee that this choice has been imparted to experts in four regions inside the Rawalpindi division, in particular Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, and Jhelum.
Moreover, a sum of 1,000 A-class secondary schools for girls and boys across Punjab, including the Rawalpindi division, has been reserved for a move to ‘Muslim Hands,’ a non-profit organization. The rundown of schools set for handover to the NGO is as of now ready.
Accordingly, a few leading teachers associations, including the Punjab Headmasters Association, Punjab Teachers Association, Teachers Affiliation, Punjab SES Affiliation, and All Pakistan Representatives Affiliation, have fervently gone against the move.
They have reported plans for fights and mobilization, contending that strategy decisions ought to require administrative activity and, with the Punjab assembly right now non-existent, such decisions ought not to be made.
Shahid Mubarak, focal head of the Punjab teachers union, even recommended a sarcastic other option, suggesting that as opposed to moving government schools, the caretaker government itself ought to be given over to ‘Muslim Hands.’
The privatization banter in Punjab keeps on starting contention.