The Government College in Lahores, the only one in the country where a woman runs the school, is facing closure by the Supreme Court, despite the institution having been accredited by the Ministry of Women and Child Development for two years.
The College is facing an application by the Education Department seeking to ban its accreditation by the Department of Education.
In the application, the department has argued that the College has not met its educational goals and is failing to cater to the needs of women.
In a statement, the Department argued that it was “troubled” by the College’s failure to meet its educational objectives and “is concerned about its future.”
The application has been filed by the Educational Institute of Education (IIE), which was set up by the previous government to oversee accreditation of educational institutions in the Lahore area.IIE was created by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee to oversee the accreditation process for Government Colleges in the district.
In September last year, the Education Ministry said that the accrediting body, known as the Association of Higher Education Colleges of Pakistan (AHCAP), had failed to meet the standards set by the ministry and it would take action against the institution.
The petition also claims that the institution failed to fulfil the standards of accreditation established by the Minister of Education, Javed Hashmi, to ensure that women are adequately represented in the Board.
According to the petition, the College was founded in the year 2022 by an ex-student of the school.
The former student had been living at the College since the beginning of the year.
The government has since asked the IIE to reconsider the decision and the government college has appealed to the Supreme court.
“It has been made aware that the petition filed by IIE is not supported by the facts and is based on the baseless allegation that the IIEA has not been accredited for two-and-a-half years,” a Department of Human Resources and Welfare official said, adding that the college had been running since May 2017.
The decision to close the college comes at a time when the State is facing a major shortage of women graduates.
According the National Centre for Statistics (NCSS), Pakistan’s gender ratio of 6.8 per cent in 2016, was a record high, and the country’s women population is expected to grow by more than 10 million people by 2030.