Summer vacation fee | Teachers evaluation system
Summer vacation fee worries parents
Karachi, April 25: At a time when parents are already finding it
difficult to pay two months' (summer vacations) tuition fee of their
wards in advance, a number of private schools have arbitrarily increased
tuition fee between 20 and 30 per cent despite the fact that
educational institutional institution are not allowed to do so in the
midst of an academic year.
Moreover, various private schools are
compelling the students of Class X to deposit the summer vacation's
tuition fee although they won't study in the schools in June and July.
the example of private schools, operators of school vans are also
demanding summer vacations' transport charges in advance from students,
creating more financial burdens for their parents.
schools compel parents to deposit the tuition fee of June and July
before the summer vacations in violation of the Sindh education
department's directorate of private educational institutions
instructions in this regard.
A number of parents said that
they tried to convince the management of schools of their children that
since they were not given salaries in advance they could not afford to
pay the fee in advance "for the months when the schools would be closed
on account of summer vacations". But they said they were threatened by
school management that if they could not deposit the tuition fee in
advance they should take the school leaving certificates of their
The parents complained that they had brought the issue
of increased tuition fee into the notice of provincial directorate of
private educational institutions, but no action had been taken against
such schools despite the fact such an act amounted to flagrant
violations of private educational institutions registration act.
have also drawn the attention of Sindh education minister through
letters but he too is silent over the issue," they deplored, saying that
"it seems that private schools have been given a free hand to fleece
parents at their whim".
They sought the governor and the chief
minister intervention so that private schools might not dare to flout
the private schools' registration act, which amounted to challenging the
writ of the government.
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Teachers evaluation system yet to be implemented
Peshawar: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is yet to implement the evaluation system of teachers and
students in public sector schools.
The elementary and secondary education (E&SE) department had planned to
introduce 'School Report Card System' in the government-run schools more than a
year ago but it hasn't implemented the same so far. The evaluation system was
planned to bring drastic improvement in the standard of the public schools,
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani was also briefed about the evaluation
system in schools during his visit to Peshawar. The prime minister had lauded
the education department for planning such an effective system, officials
They said that Mr Gilani had also suggested that such system should be
implemented across the country.
Under the SRCS, officials said, schools would be divided into different
categories according to their performance. Currently there is no classification
of the schools.
"Once the SRCS is implemented, it will help the department to determine
factors, which causes good or bad results," officials said. In the existing
system no one knows why students of some schools are brilliant or weak in
The SRCS suggests designing of a framework to evaluate the performance of
students, teachers and headmasters. In the implementation process, officials
said, first schools would be divided in three categories on the bases of results
Those schools showing best results in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC)
and intermediate examinations would be placed in category 'A' following by
category 'B' and 'C'.
The administrations of category 'A' schools will be given special incentives
to encourage them and maintain the status. The incentives could be enhancement
in the annual budget of the Parent Teacher Council (PTC), which oversees
utilisation of funds in the respective schools.
Similarly efforts will also be made to improve the academic level of category
'B' and 'C' schools and these would be under focus to push them to higher
The regulatory authority will be also tasked to find out reasons as to why
some schools are not showing good results. It will also work on how to improve
the education standard in the province. There will also be a mechanism of reward
and punishment for the teachers, whose students stand good or bad in the
Presently there is no evaluation criterion for low standard of schools owing
to leniency of teachers, headmasters and principals. "People have lost trust in
government-run schools as most of them don't show good results. Those, who can
afford, admit their children to private schools. Even teachers of government
schools are reluctant to admit their children to the schools where they
themselves teach," sources said.
Under the plan, in the first phase, SRCS would be implemented in the primary
schools followed by middle, high and higher secondary schools consecutively,
officials said. The selection of schools would be made according to
infrastructure, number of classrooms, students and teachers.
This correspondent made several attempts to contact E&SE secretary
Mohammad Arifeen but his phone was switched off.
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M.Phil student found murdered in hotel room
Peshawar: An M.Phil student of the University of Peshawar was found slaughtered at his hotel
room in Saddar area here on Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Shaukatullah son of Naqeebullah Khan, a resident of the southern Bannu district.
case has been registered against unknown killers under section 302 of
Pakistan Penal Code at the concerned West Cantt police station.
A police official said that the deceased had rented a room at Paradise Hotel situated on the Sunehri Mosque Road.
added that first the student acquired a single room, but later he asked
the hotel management for a double room, as he was expecting a guest.
official said that the management got concerned when Mr Shaukat did
come out of his room till Saturday afternoon. Later, police was called
to hotel in the evening. The locked room was forced open in presence of
police officials and the student was found in a pool of blood with his
The official said that relatives of the deceased were
handed over the body on Sunday morning and added that a police party
would visit the family after three days to register statements. The
official was not sure about which department of the university the
student was studying in. Dawn
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Rally supports devolution of HEC
Peshawar: The activists of Pakhtun Students Federation (PkSF) Saturday staged a rally and blocked the
Saddar Road near Railway Rest House to support the devolution of the Higher
Education Commission (HEC) to the provinces.
The PkSF activists were
holding banners inscribed with slogans in support of the devolution of powers
under the 18th Amendment. They were also raising slogans against those opposing
the devolution of the HEC to the provinces.
Addressing the really, the
Awami National Party's information secretary Arbab Muhammad Tahir Khan said
those speaking against the devolution of the HEC were actually against the 18th
Amendment, which was approved by the Parliament with majority. "It has now
become a part of the Constitution and those opposing it were obstructing the
implementation of the constitutional provisions," he argued.
He said the
provincial government would go ahead with its plan to form a body to replace the
HEC in the province. The news
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