All Pakistan Private Schools Federation (APPSF) has condemned the closure of 10,000 non-functional public schools in Sindh and 141 government schools in the tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).
In a statement issued on Monday, President APPSF Kashif Mirza raised his concern and said that the closure of schools at this large scale is a serious matter of concern. There is an urgent need for 200,000 new schools and 2.5 million new teachers for the 2.5 crore out-of-school children across the country, Kashif Mirza added.
APPSF appeals to the Chief Justice, Army Chief, Prime Minister and Chief Ministers to protect educational institutions. “The government must arrange 200,000 new schools and 25 lakh new teachers for 2.5 crore out-of-school children while fulfilling their constitutional responsibility Article 25A. 30000 new schools and 3 lac new teachers are urgently needed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa”, President APPSF said.
He further said that there is a dire need of 50000 new schools and 5 lac new teachers in Sindh, there are 53 male and 88 female schools closed in the tribal districts, which will increase the rate of out-of-school children and crime-rate. He added that in Sindh 10,066 schools are closed, and 7,974 schools across the province are not fit to run. A total of 56,549 posts of teachers are vacant in the province. Educational institutions must be made functional instead of closed.