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Beacon House primary section closed unannounced

May 19(The News): The closure of the primary section of Beacon House School System prior to the completion of final examinations has perplexed parents as well as other private and government schools running under the local administration.

Owing to the pressures and "threatening calls," the school management said that it had decided to close its primary section, though the secondary section was open for examinations.

When Sabhago Khan Jatoi, Sindh Secretary, Department of Education, learnt about the closure of the school, he expressed surprise and said that being the registering authority, he was not taken into confidence in this connection.

"If the law and order situation was so grim, then how were other 9,000 government and private schools carrying out their academic activities in the metropolis," he asked.

He also said that action would be taken against the closure of the primary section without prior approval of the education authority. The school had closed for summer vacation whereas the vacations were yet to start from June 1.

Jatoi added that the announcement of the school has spread confusion among other schools in the metropolis. Phone calls kept pouring in the education department, inquiring about any unusual situation, he said.

The Beacon House School System and the "Educators", its franchise, was abruptly closed without any notification at a time when annual examinations were still underway.

Only one paper of English was held on May 11 and soon after the May 12 mayhem, the school administration closed the primary section of the school saying that as the law and order situation was deteriorating and the school could not continue its academic activities.

When this reporter tried to contact the Regional Director School, Beacon House School System, Yasmeen Aqil, she was not available as she was summoned to the Head Office, Lahore.

The students learnt through the school gatekeeper only on Monday morning that the school was closed.
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