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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 inflation-stricken masses.

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.

Rana 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.

One 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.

According 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 justified.

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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.

Presiding 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.

condemns 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.

PU 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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