rawalpindi - A large numbers of private schools are opened in across the district forcing the parents to send their children to schools in the scorching heat.

The Punjab government through Ministry of Education ordered closure of all the educational institutions, both public and private, following the intense heat wave in the province.

However, the managements of several private schools have thrown the directives of the government into dustbin while the district education department high-ups are also taking no action against the owners of the private schools for the defiance.

Parents and children accused the managements of schools of staging the drama of conducting examinations that too without obtaining NoC from EDO Education Office that was declared mandatory by the government for opening of schools. They alleged that teachers are also demanding three months tuition fee at once from them.

Interestingly, EDO Education and his brigade of other officers are unaware about daring violation of managements of private schools and asking media men to SMS them the name and addresses of such schools so that action can be taken against them.

They demanded Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shehbaz Sharif and Education Minister Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman to pay a surprise visit in the district to see how small children are being forced sitting in humid classrooms.

According to a survey, conducted by The Nation yesterday in several areas of Potohar and Rawal Town, it was observed that scores of private schools are opened and educational activities are in progress even in sizzling heat in sheer violation of government’s orders which announced summer vacations on May 24 to save the children from intense heat wave.

Most of the private schools are lacking basic facilities such as cool and potable drinking water, alternative light arrangements in case of load-shedding and first aid treatment for children. The students are being forced to attend classes in miserable and harsh weather conditions.

The areas where private schools are still opened included Dhamial, Hayyal, Bank Colony, Madni Chowk, Iqbal Town, Rasoolabad Sharif, Jorian, Bunda, Nagyal, Chakri Road, Quaid-e-Azam Colony, Ashraf Colony, Liaquat Colony, Ahmedabad, Kalyal, Shahpur, Adaila, Gulshanabad, Al Rehman Markaz, Landco, Sanjoli Estate, Kehkashan Colony, Janjua Town, Jarahi, Wahdat Colony, Dhoke Rajgan, Hill View Lane, Munawar Colony, Ali Town, Dhoke Baba Miran Mustafa, Dhama Syedan, Mumtaz Market, Sadiq Town, Chungi Number 20, Kalhoor, Mumtaz Colony, Nadir Street, Mubarak Lane, Khuwaja Corporation, Caltax Road, Tulsa, Dheri Hassanabad, Tahli Mohri Chowk, Ghosia Chowk, Harley Street, Bakra Mandi, Dhoke Syedan, Baraf Khana Chowk, Chakra, Misrial Road, Shalley Valley, Pirwadhai, Peshawar Road, IJ Principal Road, Fauji Colony, Hazara Colony, Dhoke Kashmirian, Morgah, Katcheri, Gulistan Colony, Dhoke Mangtal, Dhoke Elahi Bux, Ratta Amral, Raja Bazaar, Gawalmandi, Ganjmandi, College Road, Murree Road, Liaquat Bagh, Tipu Road, Rawal Road, Committee Chowk, Waris Khan, Asghar Mall Scheme, 6th Road, 7th Road, Dhoke Kala Khan, Shakrial, Sadiqabad, Trolley Ada, Muslim Town, Chahsultan, Shamasabad and Faizabad.

       Talking to The Nation, Ibrar Hussain, father of three school going small children, said that his siblings were being forced by teachers of The Strong Roots English Medium School Hayyal, to attend classes in harsh weather condition due to which the children got sick.

He said that he visited principal office and requested for summer vacations but in vein.

Saima Bibi, mother of small Qasim who studying in class 2 in a private school at Asghar Mall Scheme, was of view that it was much difficult for her toddler to attend classes in scorching heat. She said that the owners of private schools have been daringly violating government orders by keeping their schools open in heat. “The schools should be closed immediately,” she demanded.

Many other parents said that the managements of private schools were allegedly violating government orders on behest of EDO Office high-ups as no action was being taken against the managements. “I have lodged complaint with EDO Office about opening of private schools in my area but in vein,” said Shabbir Ahmed of Morgah. All Pakistan Private Schools Managements Association President Abrar Ahmed was not available for his version on the issue.

EDO Education Qazi Zahoor-ul-Haq, however, when contacted, astonishingly replied: “Which schools are opened and where? Can you please SMS me the names and addresses of the schools? I will definitely send my teams for inspection and will also issue notices to the managements.”

He said that nobody would be allowed to violate government orders. He directed the managements of private schools to announce summer vacations or else their schools would be sealed.