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Private schools collecting excessive fees

Private schools come under fire in Sindh Assembly
Karachi, June 02: The Sindh Assembly members on Tuesday criticised the "arbitrary ways" of private schools in collecting excessive fees and urged the provincial government to take notice of the matter.

Speaking on a point of order, PPP's Sharjeel Memon drew the house attention towards the charging of "building fee" from pupils, which he termed injustice. He said that several schools were taking quarterly fee from the parents in the name of repair of school buildings. He said that these buildings were owned by private persons, thus the management could not charge fee. He urged the Sindh government to issue ads in media, warning the school managements to desist from charging such fee or else legal action would be taken against them.

MQM's Khalid Ahmed said that private schools were charging fee for celebrating numerous "Days", which have become source of minting money. He said that the number of events being celebrated at the private schools was surprisingly very high that gave rise to suspicions that the schools were more interested in earning money than imparting education.

Another MQM MPA said that an inspection team was established to check the affairs of private schools but its performance was not found satisfactory. He said that the Education Department has announced summer vacation from 1st June but certain private schools have announced summer vacation from 15th June.

PML-F's Nusrat Seher said that private schools were charging exorbitant fee without providing required facilities to pupils. She said that an eight-year-old child became unconscious when his teacher severely beaten him at a private school in Tando Bago the other day, adding, it appears that teachers used to vent their frustration on their students. She said that last year a child died at the same private school when he accidentally fell down in playground.

Munawar Abbasi alleged that EDO Kamber was recruiting lower staff without maintaining transparency.

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Education in ruins
Dadu: Recently the Karachi police resorted to its traditional barbarity by baton-charging the empty-handed government teachers who were peacefully demanding their rights. The repeated claims of the Sindh government that it gives top priority to education, and self-praising expensive ads published this week in almost all leading newspapers, suggest as if our education system has surpassed that of the whole world. But the reality is that we are experiencing a complete breakdown of the education system, especially in rural and suburban areas of the province. Thousands of schools remain closed permanently. Political interference in the appointment and promotion of teachers, the latter's penchant for embezzlement of school funds and a host of other problems have ruined the Sindh education department.

One private TV channel recently aired a documentary on the deplorable state of education in the constituency of an MPA from the Kambar-Shahdatkot district. Primary and secondary schools in the constituency have been illegally occupied by the MPA and his farmers. These schools are being used as their residence. This is a sample case study to judge the performance of the Sindh education ministry. With 20 years of experience as a primary schoolteacher I know a few exceptional teachers and education department officers who tried sincerely to stop the degradation in the system. But instead of being rewarded for their selfless service, they were penalised. Our vibrant civil society and media should stress the need for rejecting the cartelisation of education. Any further delay or inaction in this regard would cost us dearly.-By Gulsher Panhwer

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SSUET announces new dates for postponed papers
Karachi: The Controller of Examination Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) on Tuesday announced that postponed papers of 1st and 7th Semester of May 20 and 21 will be held according to new dates. He said that 1st Semester Electronic, Computer and Civil Engineering papers will be held on June 9 and Bio-Medical and Computer Science papers on June 14. The announcement said that all postponed papers of May 20 of 7th Semester will also be held on June 14.

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Student council's oath taking ceremony held
Karachi: The oath taking ceremony of the 2010 student council of Defence Authority Degree College for Women was held on Tuesday at the college auditorium.

The newly elected council comprises of eleven members among them five were elected unopposed. Chief guest Colonel (Retd) Asghar Naqvi administrated the oath to the council members and distributed badges amongst them.

Addressing the event, Colonel Naqvi said that education brought a vivid change in the thinking, attitude and conduct of a person and is instrumental in the emancipation of women folk. He further said that the need of women's participation in all walks of life was of immense significance for national development.

The Principal of the college Nasreen Nasir said that the course of studies and other activities at the college were designed to ensure optimum development of students. "All education activities are focused on producing confident, self-reliant and forward looking individuals who will succeed in practical life and contribute to the society," she said. Later, the chief guest awarded prizes to the students who excelled in various academics and co-curricular activities. The news

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Salu VC slams police action against students
Khairpur: Condemning police action against protesting students, Vice-Chancellor of Shah Abdul Latif University (Salu), Khairpur, Niolfer Shaikh said that an inquiry has been ordered by the administration.

Police baton-charged and tear-gassed students on Thursday last, as they were protesting long hours of power breakdowns in hostels and demanding installation of generators.

The administration is aware of power problem and has provided generators to all teaching departments, laboratories, central library, canteen and Photostat shops, she said while expressing the inability to instal six heavy generators in hostels at the cost of Rs1.5 million along with other charges. Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has announced of providing Rs10 million for installation of a separate feeder for the university, she said. Dawn

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