Private schools seek interest-free loans

APPSMA demands assistance to survive two-month long closure


​ Our Correspondent May 02, 2020
Students use computers in the technology lab at a private school in Islamabad, Pakistan. Photo: Reuters

RAWALPINDI: All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA) has called for the government to provide private schools with interest-free loans to uplift them after the two-month long closure. They cited that the federal ministers had suggested the move for the small businesses.

APPSMA officials including President Kashif Adeeb Jadwani, Rawalpindi PResdient Abrar Ahmed Khan, and other office-bearers held a meeting via video-link on Friday.

The officials asserted that they wrote to the Prime Minister Imran Khan suggesting the ways to pull out the private educational institutions from this crisis during the current situation. But, they lamented of not being responded so far. However, the officials expressed hope of getting a relief package from the government soon.

APPSMA Rawalpindi president said that the private educators were going through a tough time and complained that their letters were allegedly overlooked as they have not received a reply as yet.

He warned that 50 per cent of schools would shut down if the closure of educational institutions was extended beyond May.

The association members have also decided to prepare and send standard operating procedures (SOPs) for educational institutions to the government to let them open schools from May 1.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 2nd, 2020.

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