Private schools announce free schools for children affected by COVID-19 | Instant News


KARACHI: The Karachi private school association has announced on Saturday free schools up to matriculation for students who have lost their parents to COVID-19, ARY News reported.

Representatives of private schools who jointly held a press conference in Karachi today announced free tuition fees for students whose parents died from the corona virus.

In addition, the association has claimed that they will ensure that all schools follow the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) recommended by the government.

An official from one of the group’s representatives, Shahzad Akhtar, while repeating the announcement of free tuition fees, said that parents who have not been able to pay school fees in the past seven months will be given small installments. Akhtar urged parents who can afford the upfront fee to do so.

Another representative, Haider Ali, in his media address said that private schools endorse the 76 SOP points set for school management and they are patiently waiting for the SOPs for parents to send their children to school.

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He stressed that the children would be safe in school and that school staff would ensure social distancing between children, adding that staff training to ensure SOPs were in place. Ali said the school canteen would remain closed and children had to bring lunch and bottles of drinking water from home.

Another representative, Syed Tariq Shah, note that without a transfer certificate, no school would extend children’s admission to their school, indicating possible steps for parents not to pay the seven-month fee and have their children accepted elsewhere.

Shah said that children with COVID-19 symptoms would be discharged without being marked as absent.

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