Private schools tuition fees sharp rise
Sharp rise in tuition fees worries parents
Karachi, Jan 23: At a time when prices of almost all
essential commodities have skyrocketed, a number of private schools in
the city have arbitrarily increased tuition fees from 20 to 40 per cent
with effect from January in violation of the private schools
registration act, it emerged on Wednesday.
survey of various private schools and complaints received from parents
indicated that tuition fees in most schools had been increased between
20 and 40 per cent, though they are not authorised to do so in the mid
of an academic session.
Under the relevant rules, the schools
could raise the fee only by five per cent and that too at the beginning
of an academic year.
Also, the trend of collecting the so-called
"annual charges" - which almost is equal to the tuition fees of one
month - from students also continued in almost all private schools of
A large number of parents calling from different
parts of the city said that the schools where their children were
studying had informed them verbally or through notices that the
ever-increasing electricity tariff and high inflation had forced them to
increase tuition fees with effect from January and accordingly, the
increased tuition fees of this month would be collected.
parents said that on the one hand the prices of essential commodities
had increased manifold and on the other arbitrarily upward revision of
the tuition fees by private schools had made it impossible for them to
make ends meet.
They accused senior officials of the Sindh
education department and its directorate of private educational
institutions of conniving with the management of private schools.
said if the officials concerned were not in hand in glove with the
management, it was not possible for any private school to increase
tuition fees in the mid of an academic session and demand "annual
They said it was beyond their comprehension under what
rules private schools had been continuously charging the annual charges
from students when there was no such provision in the law.
parents recalled that a former Sindh chief secretary, Fazl-ur-Rehman,
had described the annual charges as unlawful. Yet the officials
concerned had, so far, failed to implement his directives that the fees
collected under the head of annual charges be either returned or
adjusted against tuition fees, they deplored.
Perturbed over the
illegal increase in tuition fees, a delegation of parents, whose
children study at the Karachi Public School's Star Gate branch, met the
provincial director of private educational institutions, Mansoob Hussain
Siddiqui. They lodged their complaint in writing against the school
which, according to them, had increased tuition fees between 20 and 40 per cent with effect from January.
delegation, led by Masroor Ahmed Masroor, also apprised the official
that the school management had been continuously charging annual charges
although there was no such provision in the law.
According to the
parents, the director of the private educational institutions informed
them that the education department had not yet approved the school's
enhanced fee structure, besides an explanation in this regard had
already been sought from the management of the school through a notice. Dawn
"There is only one solution of this issue,parents who are interested to take action aginst this violation of increase in fees must protest and should form a committee I ll do what ever it takes to sort this problem if any person interested please do contact"
City, Country: KARACHI
"what should we do when my daughters complain against her school administration or teachers or fellows? we talk/complain too many times school administrative but no any result."
Name: yousuf khan
City, Country:karachi Pakistan
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KU unable to locate records of suspected students
Karachi: Following the blast that injured four Karachi University students on the campus
last year, there seems to be a complete lack of coordination between the
teaching departments and the administration with regards to retrieving
the records of the students suspected to be involved in the incident.
The teaching departments claimed that it was the responsibility of the
examination and enrollment section to maintain the records of students.
statements were issued when The News asked the chairpersons of the
chemistry and food as well as the science technology departments about
their records. A student each was arrested from both the departments.
the Chairperson of the Department of International Relations (IR), Dr
Shaista Tabassum possessed the records of the third suspect and sent
copies to the administration. She claimed that she has all the original
The three students, Hafeezullah Khan
(International Relations), Syued Fayyaz (Chemistry Evening Programme)
and Muhammad Umer (Food Science and Technology), were all taken into
custody for allegedly masterminding the blast that injured four people
The Chairperson of the Food and Science Technology
Department, Dr Jehan Ara said that she had no record of the student who
was arrested from her department. She added that such records could only
be found in the Enrollment Section office of the KU Student Adviser.
teacher of the department, who chose to remain anonymous, claimed that
Dr Ara was simply apprehensive and did not want reveal too much to the
media. The teacher added that she feared a backlash from either
university officials or the sympathisers of the rusticated students.
Chairperson of the department of Chemistry, Dr Shaikh Sirajuddin Nizami
was unaware of the student and suspected that his record could be
available in the office of the Former Chairperson, Dr Zahida Maqsood.
Syed Fayyaz Ali was indeed a student of the Chemistry department, but
failed to complete his degree.
Requesting anonymity, another
professor criticised the Enrollment Section and said that some students
were unable to get their enrollment even after a year. "This reflects
the lackadaisical attitude of senior officials of the department. It
also displays bad governance on their part. Most of them just sit there;
draw fat salaries and take advantage of the perks. It is possible that
the departments are following the example set by the enrollment section
and doing the same.
A senior official of the university
embarrassedly admitted that the case of the three accuse students had
been mishandled. "I was embarrassed by the attitude of the big wigs at
KU. Initially they claimed that the accused were not students of KU and
now they say they have 'rusticated' them. How can they rusticate someone
who is not a student of the university?" the official wondered.
Registrar of KU, Professor Kaleem Raza Khan informed that a
copy of the records remains with the chairpersons of their respective
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KU decides to retain new BS, up admission fee
Karachi: The Academic Council of the University of Karachi decided that the BS (Bachelor of
Studies) programme will continue. Students graduating with this degree will be
awarded an additional certificate stating that the programme is equivalent to a
Masters degree. (MA, M.com and MSc)
The Academic Council was compelled
to discuss the BS degree as some parents and students had reservations over the
programme. They believed that the programme was not beneficial for the students
as it is only considered a Bachelor's degree, like a BA B.com or
The council also decided that despite the current financial crunch,
the MS programme will also continue. Teachers and students were wary of this
programme due to the lack of resources. The Vice Chancellor of the University
assured those with reservations that KU would manage to generate the funds
necessary for the MS programme.
The University of Karachi Syndicate
approved the establishment of a Directorate of Distance Education.
result, the university decided to switch over from the present external
examination to the Distance Learning and Examination Programme in phases.
KU will initiate this programme in the field of social sciences. The
University sought help from the Higher Education Commission (HEC), the Virtual
University and the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) in this regard.
The programme of Distance Learning is aimed at rectifying the
shortcomings of the present system of external examination. On a pilot basis,
the programme will first be introduced for Master in Economics.
Chancellor of Karachi University, Professor Qasim Pirzada said that a core group
of teachers was constituted to study the academic and financial aspects of the
The reasons stated for this change were the poor performance
of students and the large percentage of failures in the external examinations.
Students taking external examinations do not attended classes and have no
interaction with the faculty at KU. In addition they do not follow the standard
syllabus and officials at the university believe that the knowledge gained by
external students is not at par with that of regular students. However, both
degrees hold exactly the same value.
Earlier on, the VC addressed a
video conference on the distance education. The video conference was organised
by the HEC. The news
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KU IR Department organises condolence meeting
Karachi: Violence and impatience are the two core issues in
today's world. These problems bring with them various other serious issues which
include terrorism, extremism etc. These views were expressed by the Chairperson,
Department of International Relations, Prof Dr Shaista Tabasumm, Dr Mutahir, Dr
Naeem, Faisal Aziz, Dr Faisal Awan, Ejaz Bhatti and others while addressing a
condolence meeting organised by IR Department on Thursday, in order to recall
the memories of journalist Wali Khan Babar. ppi
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HEC plans to introduce distance learning
Hyderabad: The system of distance learning will be introduced in public sector universities and a special directorate will
be set up in six universities as a pilot project.
was decided at a video-conference arranged by the Higher Education
Commission (HEC) from Islamabad. Participants included vice-chancellors
Prof Dr Nazir A. Mughal of the University of Sindh, Prof Dr Pirzada
Qasim Raza Siddiqui of the University of Karachi and Prof Dr Azmat Hayat
Khan of the University of Peshawar, and HEC and university officials.
Director of the HEC Dr S. Sohail H. Naqi explained the objectives of
the distance education system. He said that at present the universities
were running different systems of education: a regular degree programme
and in affiliated colleges. There is one programme for regular students
while another for students who appear in examinations as external
candidates only by filling examination forms at affiliated degree
The students who appeared in examinations as external candidates, he said, were not found to be productive.
said that at present total strength of university students was one
third of those getting higher education. A large number of students
appeared in exams from affiliated colleges or received education under
the distance learning programme run by the Allama Iqbal Open University
and Virtual University.
He said that private students did not meet
the required criteria and needs of the job market. The distance
education system was aimed at improving the quality
of education of external candidates.
The system will be launched with the assistance of information technology.
said that a large number of people wanted to receive higher education
and were willing to pay for that and this could be a source of revenue
for the universities.
Dr Naqvi said that the Virtual University
project was launched six years ago with a funding of Rs1 billion and its
students were doing well in the job market.
He said that the main
objective of the distance learning system was to produce quality
students. It is a long-term programme and the HEC was providing a forum
to the universities.
He said the universities should set up the
directorate with proper staff, adding that Punjab University, Gomal
University, University of Peshawar, University of Sindh and University
of Karachi were working on it.
Pirzada Qasim called it an
excellent programme and said that the University of Karachi would be
implementing it as a joint venture with the University of Sindh.
He said both the universities would introduce MA economics.
Dr Parveen Munshi, dean of the faculty of education, University of
Sindh, said that a programme had been chalked out and the needed
material was being developed. She said that registration under the
distance education programme begin start in March.
By 2012, the programme will replace external programmes for MA in all subjects and by 2013 all external programmes. Dawn
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SSUET academic session commences from 24th
Karachi: The academic session at the Sir Syed University of
Engineering and Technology (SSUET) will commence from January 24. Registrar of
the institution, Shah Mahmood Syed, on Thursday, announced this. He said that
the orientation session for the new entrants would be conducted on January 24 at
9am. The entry will be for the students only and the parents would not be
allowed in. Adequate security measures have been made for the occasion, it was
further announced. app
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