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Private schools high fees complaints

Govt check on private schools fees likely
Islamabad: In response to increasing complaints against private schools for charging high fees from students, the government has decided to put a check on their fee regimes, Dawn has learnt.

The regulatory authority set up by the government in 2006 to oversee functioning of private schools in Islamabad capital territory was not allowed to interfere in their (schools') fee related issues. In pursuance of the cabinet decision, initially, the determination of fee was left to the market forces.

But the institutions were, however, asked to make sincere efforts to keep their fees within reasonable limits and commensurate with the quality of education and services being offered by them.

However, for the last over one year, the number of complaints against private schools by affected parents has increased significantly, said sources in the ministry of education.

Therefore, the sources said, the government had decided to legally empower the regulatory authority to keep a close check on fees being charged by various chains of private schools operating within the limits of the ICT.

The education ministry had already moved a summary to the federal cabinet for making necessary amendments to the ordinance of the regulatory authority. In case of approval from the cabinet, the regulatory authority will be able to monitor and keep within reasonable limits the tuition fees being charged by the private educational institutions in the ICT.

The regulatory authority was set up in 2006 for registration, regulation, promotion and functioning of private educational institutions up to HSSC level and equivalent in Islamabad under the administrative control of the ministry of education. Dawn

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"Is there is any one who can help in filling complain against Siddique Public School 6th Road Rawalpindi for their high fees and other things.Mr. Rashid (principle) just wants to earn money he doesnt care about the children and their parents financial probelms..if any one knows any forum wher this complain can be registered please advise "
Name: Hussain Khan
Email: anarmus2@yahoo.com
City, Country:Rawalpindi,Pakistan

"sadiq public school fees double increasment it is big burden for parents"
Name: mazhar
Email: mazharr74@yahoo.com
City, Country: Rawalpind,Pakistan

"Cresent international high school is taking high fee from students and they are also geting extra funds every months which are just to earn money from students even they have no lab with full equvipments and also dont have labrary if any one go to check these things they can higher these for few days .and they dont have regular teachers of science subjects .and also they dont have affaliation with board but they show the parients that school is registerd.plz plz take action"
Name: Ali
Email: soma_soma430@yahoo.com
City, Country: Islamabad

"SOS Hermen Gmeiner School Fees Is Doubled Then Any School Please Take Action"
Name: Ahmad Waleed
Email: ahmadkhan88@rocketmail.com
City, Country: Multan

"Dear Sir my name is Akbar and my 3 childs are studying in RAWALPINDI private school NAME IS SIDDEEQ INT SCHOOL ARYA MOHALLAH LIAQAT BAGH RAWALPINDI..IN THIS SCHOOL THEY CHARGE HIGH FEES BUT THE OWNER WHOS PHONE NUMBER IS ..NOT GIVING ANY FACILITY SUCH AS UPS IN THIS HOT SUMMER NO FRESH WATER ECT ECT THIS SCHOOL IS IN A HOUSE I PERSONALLY REQUEST TO OWNER OF SCHOOL PLEASE PROVIDE UPS TO CLASSES FOR LIGHT AND FRESH WATER BUT HE DO NOTHING HE CLOSED SCHOOL ON 16 JUNE AND NOW HE IS OPENING 02 AUGUST 2012...SIR MY CHILDS ARE READING IN 3 CLASS AND 1 CLASS THEY ARE IN BIG TROUBLE NO UPS NO WATER..PLEASE I REQUEST YOU DO SOME THING FOR OUR CHILDRENS OTHERWISE MY CHILD S FALL IN FEVER AND SUNSTROKE .PLEASE PLEASE TAKE AN ACTION ABOUT THAT SCHOOL..I WILL BE VERY VERY GREAT FULL AND I PRAY FOR YOU IN THIS RAMZAN..MY PHONE NUMBER IS ..ALLAH HAFIZ FROM A POOR FATHER AKBAR HUSSAIN KHAN . RAWALPINDI PAKISTAN"
Name: Akbar Hussain Khan
Email: khubab7@yahoo.com
City, Country: Rawalpindi

"Just like others i also strongly condemn the private schools for there fee structure and specialy to the government who is not taking resposibilty to manage there fee. it is the responsility of our government to provide same level of education to every child and our educational system is totaly failed, private school are demanding very haigh fee and no one taking notice. We feels like there no one to stop them to check them."
Name: Shafat
Email: shafatmughalpk@yahoo.com
City, Country: Lahore

"I want to launch complain of Beaconhouse School System, there fee is too high and increase every year 15 percent. pls advise me"
Name: Shahzad Ahmad
Email: ahconsultant@live.com
City, Country:lahore pakistan

"Dear Sir, With all due respect I want to complain about the present educational system. I am a book shop owner and I sell all kind of books. I am facing a very rapid downfall of book reading in our businesses. My book shop is more than 40 years old and we have about 8 braches and is well reputed and very famous. The rapid downfall is due to internet and technology which is being faced by the whole world. But the main problem begins when our educational system is being disturbed and is solely being used for BUSINESS ! I am fed up of our educational system. The present situation is this that anyone can open a school hire anyone as a teacher and can earn money through admission fees , computer lab fees, annual fees , extra curricular fees , uniform , books , copys , stationery , school bags even on name tag holders. The solution that I can think of is first either make just one syllabus for all the government and private schools OR make an organization or institution that controls all the educational systems private and government and make proper rules and regulations that should be followed by every educational system. First it was city school to start giving books and copies through their teachers to the students and it gave a way to all the school systems to start adopting this criteria and earn extra money. Now it's the Beaconhouse School System to adopt this criteria. I never expected this from an institution which solely focus on its teachers and students. I was impressed by the BSS administration and system like how they make a proper and well organized system for the whole country. I am really disappointed about it now. The reason for my disappointment is because of the following reasons -Your focus will be disturbed no matter how much you try or say that it wont be BUT it will be disturbed bringing difficulties to your educational system and at the end STUDENTS are the one suffering your lack of focus. -Your are going to bring difficulties to teachers and parents. Your teachers are not salesman! -Your are taking the right from the parents to go to the market and buy the books and copies at lower competitive rates. -You are taking the right from the parents to make choices either to buy one book or the complete set because you are charging for the whole set of books and copies without discount and maybe higher market rates and not returnable or exchangeable. -You are changing the opinion about your system. People are going to think about it as a pure business institution. -You are going to face the difficulties of supply and demand. -You are bringing down businesses of millions of people attached to your system and still there are millions of reasons which you're going to face once you make your educational system into a pure business institution. -You are immensely going to lose your existing credibility and repute in the market ! WHY ARE YOU ADOPTING THIS BUSINESS! The reasons that I can think of are the following -You want to make more money ! -You want parents not to suffer from shortage of books and copies. -You want parents to buy original books. But still there are 8 authentic reasons not to do this and only 2 valid reasons to do this. Any school should only focus on its teacher and students and nothing else. A school is an institution where we are given education and we are groomed and prepared to face the challenges of the world. It makes our roots strong. If it used for business then our generations are going to be doomed. PLEASE do something about this gradual change which can change our future in a very bad way. Eventually people are going to stop going to bookshops which they go because of the syllabus books and buy other books for reading. Bookshops will be vanished and eventually books will be vanished from our life! Thank You"
Name: Danish
Email: wetmetal@hotmail.com
City, Country:rawalpindi pakistan

"wd respects can i ask u about an action regarding to da uniform dress in private schools. Thank u"
Name: SHAHID, Purvez Studio
Email: egraphers@gmail.com
City, Country:lahore pakistan

"My children are studying in A Q School in Bahria(RWP) since day one my children are complaining that teachers slap them & full their hair & cheeks, when complained to administrator they say our teachers can never do this and if you have problem change school. To hell with such education and school better to stay uneducated."
Name: Obaid K
Email: oizsbt@gmail.com
City, Country: RWP, Bahria Town

"Dear sir, A.o.A dar e arqam school summer holiday 15 june say pehlay nahi deta bacho ko colored dress main bulatay hai takay Champlain na ho jai pls punjab govt Ls par action lay?"
Name: Munawar ahmed
Email: munawarpirzada@gmail.com
City, Country: Lahore, Pakistan

"My sons school the educators is giving summer holidays from 15 june?"
Name: Nimra
Email: nimo18@ymail.com
City, Country: Lahore

"My child is studying in allied school. Today i got fee voucher from school of my child for the month of jul 2015 & aug 2015. On fee voucher it is written that last date to deposit fee is 05 jun 2015. I was shocked as i deposited my childs fee for two months may 2015 n jun 2015. Now i have to deposit advance fee and if i will get late i will pay late payment charges on advance fee. WTH. Is there any authority to whome i can complain about it? Or is there any check and balance on these private schools??"
Name: Rehan hameed
Email: hameed.rehan@gmail.com
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan

"School name AL Muslim public high school shahbaz pur road rahim yar khan collect the two month fees summer vacation please check the school??"
Name: Khalid mehmood
Email: khalidjdw@yahoo.com
City, Country: Rahim yar khan

"I agreeed that the schools fee are very high and increase every year. This is not fair. Government should review the policy that school increase the fee after 3 or 5 years with 10% only on the Basic Tutition fee not includ the other heads. "
Name: Imran
Email: m26imran@hotmail.com
City, Country: Lahore-Pakistan

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Mayo Hospital staff gets allowance
Lahore: The Punjab Health Department has finally awarded an incentive of extra 50 per cent of the basic pay to the staff of emergency ward of Mayo Hospital under the Strengthening of Emergency Medical Services (SEMS) after a lapse of over six years.

The members of Young Doctors Association (YDA) stated that the cheques of SEMS allowance had been distributed among over 400 employees of Mayo Hospital's emergency, including doctors, nurses/paramedics. These staff members had been waiting since 2003 for these cheques.

The SEMS allowance is a special incentive being given to the staff of emergency in all hospitals in Punjab but Mayo Hospital's emergency staff was being denied this incentive since 2003, which was recently got sanctioned by the joint efforts of Mayo Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr Zahid Pervaiz, Young Doctors Association (YDA) and the media.

It has been learnt that the emergency staff was given this special allowance for the year 2009, whereas outstanding amount under this head of previous years had been declined to them. However, the administration claimed that the emergency staff of Mayo Hospital would be regularly awarded this special incentive onwards.

Earlier, the administration had sent a summary to claim full amount of six years from 2003, however, Finance Department turned it down and paid only one year allowance to the emergency staff of the hospital. Meanwhile Young Doctors Association (YDA) pointed out that, despite appointments of professors through Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC), three seats of professors of medicines are lying vacant in teaching hospitals of Lahore.

YDA office-bearers Dr Rana Sohail, Dr Salman Kazmi and others said that two seats of professors of medicines were lying vacant in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and one in Lahore General Hospital. Out of two seats lying vacant in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, a seat has been filled by a professor on current charge basis and requires a regular appointment while one seat is vacant.

One seat is vacant in Lahore General Hospital after the retirement of Prof Kokab Bashir. The YDA urged the government to fill vacant posts with regular appointments through PPSC. The news

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MAO Botanical garden
Lahore: The first of its kind among the 425 government colleges in the Punjab a botanical garden has been set-up in the Government MAO College at a piece of four kanal of land.

It contains as many as 400 species belonging to 90 families of Pteridophytes, gymnosperms, angiosperms, but the most remarkable of the achievements is the set of flora of Pakistan as part of this garden.

This was revealed to this scribe by Prof Azam Hassan, Associate Professor of the Botany Department, who put his personal efforts and dedication to set up the garden within a period of one year for the academic purposes.

The plant species preserved in the botany laboratory have rich academic values, as post-graduate students take benefit from it by periodical study visits.

The garden started in August 2008, is at its infancy, and if looked after properly, could be capable of offering lab facilities even for MSc Botany classes if the government so decides.

The MAO botany lab and garden is the biggest after the Punjab University and Government College University.

Prof Azam said that the nature bewitches every individual by its soothing, serene and embalming effects. Botanists explore and make all-out efforts to find out scientific truths in plants and other aspects of the nature, he added. The nation

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YLES opens at LUMS
Lahore: Around 900 students from across the country joined the Young Leaders and Entrepreneurial Summit (YLES) 2010 at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Tuesday.

The summit, which would continue until January 23, is organised by LUMS Entrepreneurial Society (LES), which has been organising the event for the past four years. AKD Securities Chief Executive Nadeem Naqvi was the chief guest.

According to the organisers, the summit would provide a platform for young entrepreneurs to network with the gurus of marketing, meet the leaders of today and decision makers of tomorrow and most importantly, listen to the stories of their fellow participants.

The aim of the YLES 2010 is to help the future leaders develop business acumen through a series of seminars conducted by professionals.

The students would also learn pressure management, group dynamics and team working skills.

Various competitions, workshops and social events including a formal dinner and a concert would also be held.

LES President Aneeq Ahmed Cheema said it was the first student-based entrepreneurial society in Pakistan.

"We offer less wise words and more experience that in itself bequeaths wisdom. A wisdom that befalls from meeting people, learning new ideas, adopting new skills, facing competitions and finally learning and about winning and losing, accepting and challenging all that comes in our way," Cheema said.

Maha Rehman, head of the host team, said, "YLES 2010 seeks to transform attitudes and change mindsets. It seeks to challenge the institutional framework of the society, which will be the first step towards bringing a positive difference in the system."

According to LES Vice President Muddasir Nawaz, YLES "brings an opportunity for students to learn, network, enjoy and most importantly discover their skills". Daily times

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CM competitions lauded
Lahore: Punjab Minister for Transport, Excise and Taxation and Education Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman said that Chief Minister Punjab Speech, Essay Writing and Sports competitions have resulted in promotion of curricular and co-curricular activities in the educational institutions.

Addressing Provincial Monitoring Committee of Chief Minister Punjab Speech, Essay Writing and Sports Programme, the minister said these competitions would also be held next year and contests of Qirat, Naat Khawani and Punjabi debates would be included in these events, said a DGPR handout.

The meeting was attended by Secretary Information, Shoaib Bin Aziz, Secretary Higher Education Ahad Khan Cheema, Additional Secretary Ch Akram and other officials. The minister said the contests had been conducted in a transparent manner.

He said that sports competitions would provide national and international players of different games. The meeting was told complaints about the speech competition reduced to 23 this year then 60 last year. Out of these, only five complaints were found genuine and dully redressed.

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KC annual tutorial
Lahore: The annual tutorial of the Department of Media Studies of the Kinnaird College for Women "Trends of TV Drama in Pakistan" was held on Tuesday which aimed at discussing the changing trends in television drama in Pakistan.

The panelists of the discussion were TV artists, anchorpersons and writers including Savera Nadeem, Ayesha Sana, Hussain Shad and Affan Waheed.

The panelists discussed as to how had the drama industry flourished and what were its drawbacks and how had it gone through different phases and why was it inclining towards following foreign trends.

"Now we find more amalgamation of cinematic trends in our drama, due to the fact that decline of film industry has lead many actors to turn towards the television and these are not the actors but also the technical people joining the industry," Ayesha Sana commented.

"Drama should reflect the present condition, culture and characters from the society to represent your own culture rather than following others", said Hussain Shad. The news


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