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
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
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
"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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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.
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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