LAHORE: The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis has reversed its decision to close down the Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) school, officials said on Thursday.
The decision was taken in a meeting held at the OPF Girls College School Section, which was attended by Federal Secretary Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis Nadeem Ashraf, Director Education Division OPF Head Office Islamabad, Iftikhar Ahmed and General Manager OPF Regional Office Lahore, Khawar Noor.
Ashraf said that the Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, Dr Farooq Sattar had taken a personal interest in the issue and made sincere efforts to save the institution.
During the meeting, issues regarding the closure of the school and termination of its staff were discussed. Officials said that both the decisions were reversed.
Ashraf assured staff and parents that the school would continue to function in Lahore, and the school's status i.e. College will remain.
“We are announcing a new attractive Admission Policy. The school’s advertisement campaign will start soon highlighting the policy in order to encourage admissions. We are also cancelling all termination letters issued by the OPF Education Division Islamabad.”
The Federal Secretary has directed the staff to play an effective role in increasing the intake of students.
The meeting was also attended by the Joint Directors of Education, Finance, college staff and parents of students.
Earlier, in the face of a deepening financial crisis, the government had closed the school in Lahore and fired its staff without any prior notice.
Last week, the school’s staff and a large number of parents of the affected students protested against the government’s decision and demanded that the president, prime minister and minister for overseas Pakistanis review the decision because the future of hundreds of students was at stake.
Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, Dr Farooq Sattar had taken serious notice of this decision.
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