Punjab resumes school privatization

No schools were handed over to the private sector from 2018 as of June 25 this year, while the current government has already approved the handing over of 285 institutions to the Punjab Education Foundation under a public-private partnership.

Under the decision, the competent authorities selected 69 schools for privatization in Narowal, 34 in Rawalpindi, 12 in Lahore, 19 in Gujranwala and 28 in Kasur district.

Announcements for the public-private partnership have been published. An official said the schools would be handed over to the Punjab Education Foundation after the summer break.

However, teachers’ unions have opposed the move. Leaders of the teachers’ associations, Muhammad Shafiq Bhalwalia and Basharat Iqbal Raja, said the government should refrain from privatizing schools, warning of strong protests otherwise.

The PML-N had handed over 5,000 public sector schools to the foundation under a public-private partnership during its last 10 years of government in the province.

According to sources from the Ministry of Education, the Government has decided to provide 1,000 public places
schools in the sector to the foundation during the next financial year.

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