Education policy: Private sector to be encouraged
'Private sector to be encouraged in next edu policy'
Lahore, Feb 28: Secretary Education (Schools) Punjab Nadeem Ashraf has said that the
private sector will be encouraged in the next education policy for the promotion
Addressing an educational conference organised by the Private
Schools Management Association at Hamdard Centre Friday, he said that the draft
education policy was circulated among the provinces and stakeholders for their
input. After studying it he found some shortcomings in the private sector and
gave his proposals for the development of private sector which he hoped will be
incorporated in the education policy.
He said 40 per cent students study in
private schools and except some elite schools, 95 per cent schools charge less
than Rs 500 tuition fee as per month and deliver good service. He said that
federal taxes on private schools should be reduced.
He said that it had
already been decided to register the schools having their own buildings for 10
years and the schools functioning in rented buildings for five years while
previously they were required to get registered every year.
He said the
regulatory authority on education would focus on private sector while PPSMA
central president Adeeb Javedani will be given membership in the consultative
Earlier Javedani in his welcome address praised the new registration rules and
said this will help promote the education in private sector. He said the private
sector is rendering invaluable services for the promotion of literacy and
education and it must be encouraged.
Syed Mohammad Jaafri, Ch Mohammad Iqbal,
Mohammad Aslam and a number of delegates from Punjab also expressed their view.
They called for reducing the affiliation fee, enhancement in scholarship
stipends of the talented students and removal of cruel laws. The Nation
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GCU wins English, Urdu debates
Lahore: Government College University Debating Society has won
both the English and Urdu team trophies at the International Parliamentary
Debates Competition held at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering and
Technology in Topi, NWFP. A total of 25 teams from across the Sub-continent
participated in the competition. GCU defeated Agha Khan University in the
English final. Its team consisted of Muhammad Umer Khan, Rana Hamza Ijaz and
Syed Mustafa Haider Rizvi. Ijaz won the Best Speaker Award for the tournament.
GCU defeated FC College in the Urdu final. Its team consisted of Sardar Junaid
Bahadur Khan, Rana Saram Israr and Abbas Nazir. Daily Times
Annual drama festival
Lahore: Dramatic Club of GC University is hosting the 3rd Inter-varsity
Drama Festival from March 8 to 14 at the Bokhari Auditorium of the
According to the spokesman of the GCU, teams from all the four
provinces of the country along with teams from Delhi University India will take
part in the weeklong festival where amateur student performers will be showing
their skills. GC University Dramatic Club took the initiative of arranging the
first festival of this kind in 2007 when twelve teams from all over Pakistan and
three teams from India had participated in the event. In 2008 sixteen teams, ten
from Pakistan and six from India performed their skills in the festival and won
accolades from theatre lovers of the metropolis.
This year eighteen theatre
groups of the two countries are performing their works. The Festival will open
with the presentation of Neil Simon's Farcical Comedy Rumors by the hosts. It is
also scheduled on March 5 and 6 at the Bokhari Auditorium at 6 pm. The Nation
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