RAWALPINDI - The Teachers Union has protested over the Punjab government’s decision to handover all the government schools in the province to non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

The Punjab government has decided to hand over the government schools to NGOs in different phases. Most of the primary schools would be handed over to Punjab Schools Foundation, whereas middle schools would be given to the NGOs. The Punjab Teachers Union has rejected the decision and has announced a sit-in in front of Punjab Assembly on 28th August.

Secretary General Punjab Teachers Union Kashif Shahzad and Asad Chaudhry confirming provincial government’s decision said that deserving students will face difficulties in getting education.

Meanwhile, Punjab education department has announced strict action against the head teachers over decrease in number of students in government schools of the province. Provincial education department taking the notice of lowering students strengthen at governmental education students have sought the list of students (male & female) of primary, middle, higher and higher secondary schools.

The provincial government warned that under PEDA Act annual increments of school heads and class teachers would be stopped besides strict governmental action against them.

Despite high fees in private educational institutions, people prefer private schools due to low standard of education and intention in government schools. During recent months a remarkable decreased in student’s strengthen at government schools has been witnessed as a large number of male and female students left the government schools and took admission in private educational institutions.