KARACHI: Thirteen hundred schools running on public private partnership basis under Integrated Education Learning Program (IELP) of Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) are facing severe financial problems and future of more than 200,000 students of these schools is on stake.
This was informed by IELP Schools Owners Association leaders while addressing a demonstration outside Karachi Press Club on Sunday.
Students and their parents also participated in the protest.
General Secretary of the association, Jan Muhammad Soomro, Muhammad Imtiaz Memon and Wajid Laghari said that theirs schools had not been given amount of subsidy for more than last one year while average expansions of each schools were Rs 80,000-90,000.
They said that under a conspiracy some elements in SEF wanted to close these schools and then open new ones in their places for benefiting their own people. They said that on one side the existing schools were not being given subsidy while on the other hand SEF was preparing for starting 300 new IELP schools.
They said that students of IELP schools had not yet provided free books by Sindh government and called it conspiracy against their schools.
They demanded of Sindh government to release subsidy amount forthwith, provide school books to the students, stop threats of closing of schools by the concerned officials during inspection and sign a new agreement with IELP schools.
They warned that if their demands were not accepted, they would extend circle of the protest across the province.