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Pakistan shuts down six schools for teaching Iranian syllabus in Quetta

QUETTA: Authorities in the southwest region of Pakistan Friday sealed six Iranian-funded schools for teaching foreign curriculum in violation of the country’s law.

All six illegal educational institutions were run by Iranian nationals while the provincial authorities also recovered ‘unacceptable literature’ at the schools.

Reports citing Quetta Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Zuhaib-ul-Haq stated ‘We have sealed six schools after completing our initial probe. The illegal schools were located in Karani road and Hazara town areas of the Balochistan capital.’

AC Quetta further added that the schools had no record of the past 3 decades as they have been teaching students without any registration. Haq also added that four more such institutions were detected and an inquiry was underway against them.

Director of the Balochistan Education Foundation, Shabbir Ahmed, while speaking with a private news channel told that the schools were founded under a Memorandum of Understanding MOU in 1991 but they were not registered or inspected in these years.

Balochistan Private Educational Institute Registration and Regulation Act makes it obligatory for any educational institution to get them registered. He nodded that the schools had 1992 ‘no objection’ certificates on display, but termed it deficient.

Ahmed went on to say that the schools attracted the attention of the education dept. a couple of months ago and were asked to register via the proper channel. Later, their registration was declined as such schools opposed Pakistani law.

‘Pakistan is a sovereign state and if you start any educational institution, you have to teach Pakistani syllabus as teaching a foreign curriculum in a sovereign state opposed basic guidelines’, he concluded.

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