Schools fleece parents | Laptops for special students
Private schools in Lahore find another way to fleece parents
Lahore, Feb 18: Most of the private schools of the provincial metropolis, especially street
schools, have started collecting special charges, ranging from Rs1,000
to Rs3,000, as annual fund from students, multiplying woes of already
The move has especially affected
those parents who have more than one child going to a private school.
Unfortunately, the authorities supposed to curb this menace of fleecing
of the poor people by private schools have become silent spectators,
leaving the masses stranded in troubles.
Sohail, a citizen,
whose children go to two different private schools in Sabzazar area, is
faced with the similar dilemma and is waiting for a miracle in the form
of reaction over the injustice from the Punjab government. Private
schools are already charging heavy fees but such abrupt gifts give poor
people like him a hard time, he says. Terming the schools move unfair,
he has demanded the government wake up to help the poor masses.
Tanveer, whose two daughters are students of another private school in
Sant Nagar area, is perturbed over the demand of Rs1300, per child by
the school management.
It unfortunate that, despite provision of
free textbooks and almost no fee at the government schools, people have
been losing trust in public schools. Instead, they prefer sending their
children to private schools but later find themselves helpless due to
frequent demands of funds under one head or the other.
wonders what could be expected from EDO (Education) when his top boss
the Secretary Schools Education Department Punjab finds himself helpless
in the prevailing situation.
Interestingly, EDO Education
Pervaiz Akhtar said that his office had taken action against
private schools after receiving complaints in this regard.
to President of All Pakistan Private Schools Management Association
(APPSWA) Adeeb Jawadani, annual fund is meant to cover stationery and
other charges schools spend on students during examinations throughout
the year. He, however, asserted that any school collecting the same per
term (and also collecting at the start of new academic session) was not
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CM orders free laptops for special students
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Friday that the government would give
free laptops to special students getting higher education. He disclosed
the laptops had been designed especially for the disabled which would
help them in their education. He directed commissioners to evolve a
procedure for distribution of laptops within seven days.
over a meeting in the Arfa Software Technology Park, Shahbaz sid that
laptops should also be given to 22 students of the Lahore College for
Women University who were not provided the computers under the scheme.
He directed Special Assistant on Higher Education Zaeem Qadri and the
Higher Education secretary to visit all the districts of the province so
that the problems being faced by the students regarding laptops could
immediately be resolved. He further directed that the commissioners
should dispose of all necessary matters relating to provision of laptops
to educational institutions of their respective divisions within a week
and submit a report in this regard.
The CM said provision of
laptops to the students was in recognition of their hard work and
talent. He said the Punjab government would continue such schemes for
the benefit of the students so that they could be encouraged. He asked
the students community to devote all their energies for getting
knowledge and take full benefit of the governmental steps taken for the
promotion of higher education.
Provincial Education Minister Mian
Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Special Assistant on Higher Education Zaeem
Qadri, the Planning & Development chairman, Higher Education
secretary, Punjab Information Technology Board chairman, Commissioner
Lahore Division, Dr Zafar Iqbal Qureshi and 22 students of Lahore
College for Women University attended the meeting.
drone attacks: Shahbaz Sharif has expressed sorrow and grief over the
recent drone attacks in North Waziristan, saying that he is at a loss
for words to condemn these attacks.
In a statement on Friday,
Shahbaz said that those who had died in the attacks were as much the
sons of the soil as those living in Lahore or Karachi and their blood
was as precious as that of the people in any city of Pakistan. He said
it was also unfortunate that the self-styled leaders who were
politicking over the 20th Amendment and issuing threats of civil war
over irregularities in the electoral rolls were maintaining a criminal
silence over drone attacks and were oblivious to the missiles attacks in
northern areas and the blood-soaked bodies of their brethren and
sisters. He further said drone attacks had undermined national
sovereignty as well as its geographical integrity and if the nefarious
process continued, no area of Pakistan would be safe from the intrusion
into the country by foreigners. He said he believed that after
Abbottabad and Salala check-post tragedies, there should not be any
misconception in this regard. He said that unfortunately, all this was
happening at a time when such elements were in power in the country as
were the least concerned about life of the people, national sovereignty
or the self esteem of Pakistani nation.
The chief minister said
that under the circumstances, Pakistani people had nothing but hatred
and resentment for rulers. He said those who were living on the crumbs
of others could hardly be expected to give any protection to their
nation. He said drone attacks could come to a halt within a day if the
pride and self-respect of the rulers was awakened.
Shahbaz said the PML-N would continue resisting drone attacks under all circumstances.
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PU employees get regularisation letters
Lahore: Punjab University on Friday organised a ceremony to distribute letters of
regularization of services among the employees of BS-8 working on
contract/daily wages. According to a press statement, PU Vice Chancellor
Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran was the chief guest on the occasion. Registrar
Prof Dr Khan Rass Masood, Syndicate members, senior faculty members,
administrative officers and employees were also present. Dr Mujahid
Kamran congratulating the employees and asked them to work with zest.
results: Punjab University's Examinations Department announced results
of various examinations on Friday. These exams include MPhil English,
(Semester System), session 2007-2009, PGD in Business Administration,
(Evening), Semester System, Session 2010-2011, PGD in Business
Administration, (Evening), Semester System, Session 2009-2010, BBA
Morning Programme, (Semester System), Session 2007-2011, BBA Afternoon
Programme, (Semester System), Session 2007-2011, MBA 1.5-year (Morning
Programme), Semester System, Session 2009-2011, MBA (Evening Programme),
Semester System, Session 2009-2011, and MBA 1.5-year (Afternoon
Programme), Semester System, Session 2009-2011. The news
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