LACAS Burki announced that is would remain closed on 22nd November, 2018 on account of an unjustified campaigns to damage the reputation of the school.
The school maintains that it is observing a black day to protest against the unfair treatment of management and bias against the school. An FIR has been registered against the school on charges of mistreatment of children.
On 20th of November, the school administration restricted a few students from attending classes on account of non-payment of fee. The children were asked to sit infront of the library but after an hour were allowed to attend the class.
However the parents of these children maintain that their kids were harassed and locked in a room against their wishes, charges on which the parents reported an FIR against the school.
The FIR states a complaint against the school on the grounds of illegal confinement.
There is a lot that is wrong with Pakistan’s private school industry, no doubt it needs to be regulated more. But in the end it is a business industry that fills the vacuum left by an incompetent state education. Regulation such as fee increment are valid and much needed, but I personally feel that this FIR is more of a pressure tactic.
No where in the FIR does it state that the fee was not actually due or the school unfairly asked for illegal fees; implying that the parents knew they hadn’t paid the fees. In cases such as these, the administration is bound to enforce rules and not allow defaulters to have access to the services that are given in exchange of payment.
Furthermore, on the issue of illegal confinement, the school can restrict mobility on private property. As a private entity, the school can decide who has access to what part of the building. But on the flip side. The children are minors, probably of grade 4 or 5, when parents send their children to school they realise that the staff will make decisions for the kids and their choice will not be respected all the time.
Illegal confinement only applies if the children wanted to leave the premises of the school but weren’t allowed. Even in that case, the school can not let minors go outside the premises without the permission of parents on basis of safety concerns.
I personally think education should be free and available to all, but in a world where this does not happen we need to protect institutions which do provide quality education, even if they are business who charge for it. The main culprit in all of this is the state, which neglects its own education sector and seeks the easy way out. Instead of improving the public education institutes, the government seeks to subsidise private education.