Rawalpindi - All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association (APPSMA) staged a protest demonstration outside Rawalpindi Press Club yesterday against government on issuing Ordinance against private educational institutions.

The protest demo was led by APPSMA Divisional President Abrar Ahmed Khan and also participated by a large numbers of owners of private schools.

The protestors chanted slogans against Punjab government and demanded Chief Minister Punjab to undo the Ordinance immediately or else they would expand the protest.

“Stop economic murder of private schools”, “The Punjab Government Ordinance is not acceptable” and “Education’s enemy Ordinance is not acceptable” were the slogans mentioned on the placards and banners held by some protestors. Tight security arrangements were made on the occasion by police to avoid any untoward incident.

Addressing the protestors, APPSMA Divisional President Abrar Ahmed Khan denounced the government’s decision of issuing Ordinance against the private educational institutions. He said that the Ordinance was a huge violation of amended Code of Conduct like Kisan Package. He informed that APPSMA Central President Adeeb Javedani had challenged the Ordinance of Punjab government in Lahore High Court.

He said that the government should take action against the elite schools’ managements busy in collecting extra fee from students instead of creating problems for low-fee collecting private schools in the division.

“What to say about the injustice of Punjab government that it has implemented the Ordinance binding the administrations of private schools that are charging Rs100 as monthly fee from a student,” Abrar Ahmed Khan said.

He was of view that the government has closed its eyes towards the crime being committed by schools like Atchison, Siddique Public School, Chand Bagh Divisional Public School, which were collecting hefty fee from students. “Action should also be taken against these institutions,” he demanded.

He alleged that the government had not taken the APPSMA office-bearers on board during preparation or implementation of the Ordinance.

Later, the protestors dispersed peacefully.