Private school distributes pledge forms for donations
The school called 'Reflections' situated at Phase VIII, DH near Korangi Creek
Karachi, Jan 05: A private school has, supposedly sent out a pledge form to all the parents of its students, asking
them for donations to construct the school's main campus, it was learnt.
The school called 'Reflections' situated at Phase VIII, DH near
Korangi Creek, is now considered as one of the finest schools in the city.
Although there is no pressure on parents to donate for the building by the
Reflections' administration, some families whose children are getting education
there have expressed fear that parents participating in the fund-raising will
get special attention.
The administration has also printed the estimated
amount that will be required to construct the different sections of the school.
The amount is not mentioned in rupees alone but in fact is also mentioned in
dollars to facilitate the parents who are abroad.
The grandfather of one of
the students in Reflections, on the condition of anonymity said that earlier
Reflections' campus was near Shireen Jinnah Colony, Clifton. "Later they shifted
the building to Korangi Creek probably because they got a large piece of land
for the new building," he said and added that the pledge form has been
distributed among all the parents.
He was of the view that the school's
administration should adopt a clear policy for getting funds or donations from
parents and that they should not give special attention to donating parents in
It may be mentioned here that the funds that will be raised
through the pledge form will be for the construction of the building only and
not for managing or running the school's affairs. When we approached
Reflections' administration for their response, Reflections Business Manager
Faisal Abubakar said that the school was a non-profit institution working under
a registered trust.
He also went on to say that, "Our accounts are
transparent and are audited by respected chartered accountants. Our objective is
to build an exemplary education institution that provides a balanced education
which includes the highest academic standards, emphasis on Islamic morals and
conduct and the physical development of children through sports."
emphasised that only a small number of the total donors were parents at
"Other private institutions are also built using donations.
There is nothing wrong about the process as long as it remains transparent and
is not linked to student evaluations," Abubakar said.
He said that a group
of parents held a dinner last year where other parents were invited. There it
was decided that all parents should donate for the cause. There was no
compulsion and this decision was taken independently by the parents without
pressure from the school's administration or the trust. Daily Times
"A.O.A. i have read about what all has been done by you for the betterment of education ,i must say. as i am running a school myself its a pvt.english medium school,with very senior and well qualified teachers. but to meet todays requirements we would like to know if we could also be given donation to make our institution up to themark and well established.we have just celebrated our 24th anniversary. our school is DR.SARAS SCHOOL.(english medium)at P.E.C.H.S.block 6 "
City, Country:karachi, pakistan
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KU, NED holiday today
Karachi: The University of Karachi will remain closed on February
5 on account of the Kashmir Solidarity Day.
An announcement to this
effect was made on Wednesday by the registrar of the University of
The NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi will
also remain closed on Thursday, according to an announcement. App
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500 schools not functioning in Dadu, says survey
Dadu: As many as 500 primary schools remain closed and 2,000 ghost
teachers regularly receive salary in Dadu district, according to a
The survey was conducted by officials of the district revenue
department under the supervision of an inspection team constituted by the Sindh
chief minister. The survey was ordered in response to the directives of
President Asif Ali Zardari to the Sindh chief minister regarding closed schools
The survey report said that most of the closed schools situated
in far-flung areas were being used as Otaqs (guest houses) by influential
The report said that 500 schools remained closed in Dadu
district, of them 118 in Dadu taluka, 109 in Khairpur Nathan Shah, 94 in Mehar
and 179 in Johi taluka.
However, contradicting the findings of the
survey, EDO (education) Sajan Mallah has rejected the report. He claimed that
the revenue team had visited many schools after teaching hours and those schools
were listed as closed schools. He said that teachers did not attend classes at
many schools and the team had included such schools in the list of closed
Quoting the findings of a similar report compiled by the
education department, he said that only 162 schools remained closed in Dadu
district, of them 100 ghost schools were situated in Kachho.
The EDO said
that he had not received the report of the revenue officials as yet, but he
would follow the report of revenue officials and would take action against
education department's officials.
He said that salaries of 200 teachers,
belonging to NGOs and social welfare organisations and not performing duty, had
He said that he had received reports about some teachers
doing double jobs, and warned that such teachers would be removed from
He said that School Management Committee funds at the rate of
Rs210 per student had been released by the Asian Development Bank for repair and
purchase of furniture for schools in district. Dawn
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