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July 24, 2016

Bells to ring for government schools from July 25


July 24, 2016


While school-going children might be bidding goodbye to summer vacations, it appears that despite the directives of provincial education and literacy department, many private schools are set to open in accordance with their own schedule in lieu of the given date of July 25.

Majority of the private schools have decided to commence the semester around second week of August whereas government school bells would be ringing on the date given by the state department. It is to be noted that private schools had also violated the order of early summer vacations in May which were announced pertaining to extreme heat in the city.  

The Sindh education department had rebuffed all rumours of extension of vacations and had ordered the heads of all schools to open the institutions from coming Monday.

However, the Secretary Education, Dr Fazullah Pechuho, is currently on a one-month long leaves while the acting secretary education, Mumtaz Shah, also went on a month leave. In absence of the secretary on the seat, school owners would have no pressure to submit reasons of extending vacations without due permission.

The directives to close the schools early from May 19, which were violated, had been issued by Pechuho but the private schools had claimed that the annual examinations were underway along with summer vacation homework due to which they couldn’t comply with the orders.

Following the violation, 46 private schools were given a letter of suspension of registration by the Directorate of Private Institutions, Sindh (DPIS), yet no serious action was taking against them. Rather many schools did not receive any notices because DPIS doesn’t have enough employees to cater to private schools in the city, and those who did were let off easily without any fine after the body accepted their excuses. 

The Director General, DPIS, Dr Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui, told The News that all measures would be adopted to make sure that private schools were also reopening their schools like public-sector schools.

“There are several schools, which have already informed the DPIS that they cannot reopen from July 25, due to some reasons for instance some schools have an ongoing construction work while some other reasons were offered as well,” he explained.

According to the notification issued on May 19, Secretary had said: “With the approval of competent authority, summer vacations for all public and private educational institutions of Sindh are hereby rescheduled with immediate effect from May 19 to July 24, 2016 instead of June 01 to July 31, 2016 due to prevailing current heat-wave. All the educational institutions would open on July 25, 2016.”

However, the decision whether the private schools would also commence on July 25 remains obscure.

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