Private School Owners to protest today, decision of 42 Cantonments

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Rawalpindi,    (Parliament Times) : The eviction of private educational institutions from the cantonment areas would be a great tragedy. With the closure of 8300 educational institutions, 3.7 million children will be out of educational institutions and 400,000 teachers will be unemployed. Millions of families will be caught in the whirlpool of economic problems. On December 7, private educational institutions of Rawalpindi and Chaklala Cantonments will be closed and private school owners, teachers, students and parents will hold a peaceful protest in front of the Rawalpindi Cantt Board. These views were expressed by the officials of All Pakistan Private Schools Associations during a press conference at Rawalpindi Press Club. The press conference was attended by Chaudhry Nasir Mahmood, Malik Azhar Mahmood, Abrar Ahmad Khan, Chaudhry Muhammad Tayyab, Ashraf Hiraj, Rana Sohail and others. The decision sparked a wave of concern among owners of private educational institutions that the issue was between the two sides and the decision came for the country’s 42 cantonments. Until 2000, regular NOCs were obtained from the station commander to open an educational institution within Kent. One of the conditions for joining the Federal Board of Education was that the educational institution must be within Kent’s boundaries. All private educational institutions have been paying all kinds of taxes to the Cantonment Board since its inception. The 42 cantonment boards across the country collect millions of rupees in revenue from private educational institutions.