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97 percent of schools in Punjab are open, claims Rana Mashood

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LAHORE: Education Minister of Punjab Rana Mashood claims that around 97 percent of schools throughout Punjab are open. The minister told while talking to the media on Tuesday regarding the Private school shut down called by All Pakistan Private School Federation (APPSF) and Pakistan Education Council (PEC).

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The minister while talking to media also told that they will not let the educational institutes mint money in the name of education.

Whereas, APPSF president Kashif Mirza said that around 97,000 private schools of the province are closed on the call of federation.

Here it should be kept mentioned that APPSF and PEC called for the shut down of private schools in the Punjab on 8, 9 March. The two-day strike was announced due to the amendments being pulled over by the Punjab Government in Educational Bill.

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The amendment Education Bill was passed on February 26 in Punjab Assembly to regulate the private schools situated in Punjab province. Although, the private schools strongly opposed the amendments imposed and after failing to set the matter with educational minister, the private schools alliance called for a two-day strike in the province.

The amendment bill for the private schools barred them to increase in fees without giving it in notice of higher authorities and also strictly restrains the schools to ask student to buy uniform or books from any specific shop.

Furthermore, the amended bill also called the schools to get quick registration within the due date and also mentioned that those violating the orders would be heavily fined.

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