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Private schools 'looting' parents

Private schools 'looting' parents in garb of different charges
Rawalpindi, April 06: Private school owners are looting people in the garb of different charges, including new academic session fee, security fee, laboratory fee and water and health charges.

They are charging huge money for printed notebooks and uniforms and parents are facing extra financial burden as they have no choice but to buy expensive notebooks of concerned schools and pay at least Rs150 for a notebook. Helpless parents said that private schools are using different tactics to loot them. It is easy to buy notebooks from stationery shops at cheaper rates, e.g. Rs40-50, rather than from schools. But schools are forcibly giving notebooks for minting money, they said.

Executive District Officer (Education) Qazi Zahoor-ul-Haq admitted that private schools are putting an extra burden on parents. He said that he received several complaints against private schools in this regard.

The Punjab government had decided to form a regulatory body to check and fix the ratio of private school monthly fees and other expenses, he said. He said: "Under Registration Act 1984, we had decided to take action against private schools looting parents with both hands."

He urged parents to lodge written complaints with the authority against the schools, which are charging extra money.

Rawalpindi Association of Private Schools (RAPS) President Captain (r) Amir-ud-Din admitting the fact that parents are bearing an extra burden of notebook expenses and fee structure imposed by some educational institutions. He said private schools should earn Rs5-10 per copy if they are providing printed copies. "We pay Rs1-2 per notebook for printing the names of school," he said.

A number of parents said that private schools have crossed the limits by increasing fees and other charges with the start of the new academic session. On start of every new session, all schools increase not only fees, but also other charges, which add to the

miseries of the parents, they said.

Noor Alam and his wife Samina Alam said that they have paid Rs5,650 as fee for the month of April when their son was promoted from Class I to Class II against the previous month's fee of Rs3,285.

"We were surprised after seeing the fee slip of April and visited the school to ask as to why they increased the monthly fee. The school management replied that they did not increase the monthly fee, they were charging only Rs2,365 for 12 notebooks apart from monthly fees," Noor Alam said.

The school administration, he said, would increase fees in May. They said the government should take notice of this serious issue to make this profession pious rather than a commercial venture.

According to statistics available, the majority of private schools are charging monthly fees for class I from Rs2,200 to Rs3,560 and some schools are even charging Rs4,500. Whereas the majority of institutions forcibly give notebooks issued by the schools charging triple amount of money for a notebook, which is easily available in the market for Rs40-50.

Raja Muhammad Shafique, a father, said that the government should improve education standard in government schools so that they should not be forced to send their children to expensive private schools.

"Every parent wants good education for his or her children, but private schools are reaping extra benefits for providing good education." The news

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Ch Nazir appointed new FDE DG
Islamabad: The ministry of education has taken back additional charge of director general of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) from Chairperson of Federal Education Board Shaheen Khan.

The government has appointed Chaudhry Nazir Ahmad as new director general of the federal directorate of education.

Additional charge of federal directorate of education DG was assigned to Shaheen Khan few months ago.

When contacted, Shaheen Khan confirmed the education ministry had withdrawn additional responsibilities. The nation

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Students' week at AAUR concludes
Rawalpindi: The Students' Week at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) concluded on Tuesday.

Inter-university bilingual declamation competition and food festival were held at the last day of students' week. In the English contest, Mansoor Ali of University of Sindh, Jamshoro, secured first position, Ali Zafar of Government College University, Lahore, got second and Komal Dilshad of Fatima Jinnah Women University obtained third position.

In the Urdu declamation contest Faisal Imran of Agriculture University, Faisalabad, Kiran of Quaid-i-Azam University got first and second positions respectively and Hamza Tarar of Punjab University got the third position.

The judges of English Declamation contest were Yasir Chatta and Sarwat Mubarik while the judges for Urdu declamation contest were Rashid Gardezi and Ayesha Jameel. PMAS-AAUR Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. Khalid Mahmood Khan distributed prizes among the successful students.

The vice chancellor said, "Such competitions provide a platform to students where they could demonstrate their skills. Active participation and involvement of students in different extra-curricular activities is a dire need of the day and essential for inculcating in them the sense of responsibility, discipline, obedience and punctuality.

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April 9 last date for AIOU BS level admissions
Islamabad: Department of Business Administration, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has started admissions of 4-year degree programmes in three different disciplines at Graduate level for the first time.

The last date for submission the admission forms alongwith prescribed fee is April 9, which would not be extended in any case, Chairman, Department of Business Administration AIOU, Dr. Syed Hassan Raza said. He said that BS Business Administration (Specializations in Banking, Finance and Information Technology with the Teaching Mode of Through approved Study Centres), BS Business Administration (Specializations in Marketing and Human Resource Management) through Distance

Learning Mode, and BS Commerce (through Distance Learning Mode) are being offered for the Semester Spring, 2011.

He said Admission forms, prospectuses and bank challan are available at website www.aiou.edu.pk of the university.

Applicants are advised to download the admission form and submit alongwith all the required testimonials and the fee in any nominated bank of the university around the country.

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Inter NUST marathon held
Islamabad: An inter NUST marathon was organised by Arts, Sports and Adventure Society (ASAS) from School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering (SMME) in collaboration with NUST Adventure Club here on Tuesday evening at NUST H-12 campus, says a press release.

The event was aimed at highlighting the importance of physical activities. Male and female students from all the departments of NUST participated in the event; a very healthy participation was shown by the faculty members as well. NUST Rector Engineer Muhammad Asghar was the chief guest for the marathon. The marathon started at 3:00 p.m. in the male category. A track of 3.86 km was covered by them in approximately 30 minutes and then started the girls' team and the faculty members who covered the same route.

At the end prizes were distributed among the top five athletes from each of the three categories were awarded with shields. More than 400 participants showed up and their response on the Marathon was overwhelming. The news

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