President All Pakistan Private Schools Federation Kashif Mirza has said that the closure of private schools in cantonment areas would result in hype of out-of-school children and would also wastage of academic year of millions of students.

There are more than 30,000 private schools in 42 cantonment boards across the country with 400,000 teachers and other staff educating 4 million children.

In the light of directives given by the Supreme Court (SC) to put an end to commercial activities in cantonments, the Cantonment Boards ordered the owners of over 30,000 private schools situated in cantonments across the country to shut down their institutions.

Only in Lahore Cantonment, buildings of over 2600 private schools will be vacated. So far, more than 10,000 private schools have closed and 700,000 teachers have lost their jobs, due to COVID.

Kashif Mirza further argued there was no alternative space to relocate so many schools in Cantt areas across the country.

All Pakistan Private Schools Federation appealed to the chief justice of Pakistan, prime minister and army chief to review the decision.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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