LAHORE - The tall claims of the Daanish Schools Authority to provide quality education to the deserving but intelligent students are averted as the Punjab Teachers Union has demanded the Punjab government to stop handing over public sector institutions to the Authority.

The PTU office-bearers including President Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi, Rana Liaqat Ali, Yaseen Warraich, Aslam Ghumman and others have reportedly blamed the provincial government for violating settled issues during their protest on The Mall.

The Punjab government has handed over at least 13 public sector schools to the Daanish Schools Authority (DSA) in the provincial metropolis.

The authority has claimed that the schools will be developed as the best centres of excellence in Lahore.

Meanwhile, employment-structure of the schools’ staff will also remain fully secure; and self-respect and honour of the teachers will be protected so that they can deliver best to their students.

But, on the other hand, Punjab Teachers Union office-bearers called on Additional Secretary Schools Muhammad Akhter and other officers to express their concerns over the handing over the public sector institutions to the Punjab Education Foundation and the DSA.

Presiding over a meeting of principals of 13 schools of Lahore yesterday, DSA CEO Tariq Mahmood asked the principals to build and strengthen shared values of mutual trust and affection among the teachers, students, and their parents.

“We are the best service providers to the bright but needy students to secure their future through education,” he said adding the Authority had arranged most congenial atmosphere for the students so that they might grow and emerge as future leaders. He said that the teachers and principals showing good performance would be fully encouraged.

The teaching staff should work to win the confidence and trust of students and their parents with their quality teaching standards as they can best shape the students as national assets.

It is to be recalled that two factions of the PTU back in June this year had warned the Punjab government to retaliate hard to the government announcement that 13 schools would be handed over to the authority.

They had stated that the government’s decision to hand over government schools to the DSA was unacceptable and the teachers would take to streets if the authorities did not quash such plans.

Moreover, the teaching community had also staged protests outside the Punjab Assembly against the government move of privatisation of public schools.

A senior officer of the DPI Schools requesting secrecy said that Daanish Schools was a failed experiment of the Punjab government and despite the assurance of the SED officers to stop privatisation, the institutions scores of public schools were being handed over to the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) and the DSA.

The DSA could establish Daanish schools both for boys and girls students in Rahim Yar Khan, Hasilpur, Chishtian, Mianwali, Jand (Attock), Dera Ghazi Khan, Fazilpur (Rajanpur).

A huge chunk of amount Rs12 billion for PEF while Rs3 billion for Danish authority was earmarked in the development programme.