Punjab government has directed the ‘rationalization’ of all schools in the province and in district Rawalpindi 150 primary schools would be closed down, said sources.
Provincial government has directed all District Education Officers (EDO) to complete the rationalization process of all schools during summer vacations and announced a reward of Rs 0.5 million to those who would accomplish this task earlier.
Due to the rationalization process in the province, nearly 5770 primary schools would be shut down while in Rawalpindi district, the number touched the figure of 150.
According to rationalization policy, all those primary schools having less than 60 students would be closed down. In this regard 50 per cent schools in rural areas would be affected. The number of teachers in Primary schools would be 2 while in Middle and High Schools 1 teacher would teach to 40 students.
Sources said that extra posts of teachers would be removed from High and Middle schools by transferring to other schools on vacated posts.
However, Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) and Punjab Educators Association (PEA) have rejected the policy and decided to protest in all over the province against the policy, while Central vice president Malik Sabir of PTA, Chairman Mian Idrees of PEA and Pindi district president Malik Amjad Mehmud said that rationalization policy would be challenged in High Court.