LAHORE - The All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association has threatened to close private schools for indefinite period if the Punjab government does not fulfill their demands within a month.

“Despite strike call, almost 97 percent private schools remained opened on Tuesday and Wednesday as they did not wanted to play with the future of students whose exams were underway” private school office-bearers told the media at the Lahore Press Club yesterday.

APPSMA Central President Adeeb Javedani, Secretary General Amjad Ali, Senior Vice President Amir Mushtaq, Punjab chapter president Ch Ahad Ahmad, Rana Nadeem Sabir and other reps spoke to the media. They said the government laws on private schools are destroying the education system and private schools instead of giving relief.

They said that federal and provincial governments have levied 23 different taxes on the private schools due to which over 30,000 schools were closed in just three years whereas remaining schools are in the closing process.

Adeeb Javedani said that his association rejected the law and challenged it in the Lahore High Court. He said Punjab Education Minister Rana Mashhud had assured them of redressing their grievances in the last meeting. The minister would send recommendations to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif over the issue, he said, adding that the body demanded the Punjab CM take steps for amendment to the laws and allow these private schools a reasonable increase in fees with taking back the condition of free education for 10 students in each school.