Khyber Pakhtunkhwa private schools fee increase
Parents hit by spiraling fee of UoP run schools
Peshawar, May 17: Despite the promulgation of an ordinance by the
provincial government to supervise and regulate the functioning of the private
educational institutions, it is yet to be implemented after couple of years. In
the wake of the rise in the number of private educational institutions in the
province, the governor on Oct 15, 2001, promulgated an ordinance with a view to
curtailing the growing trend of establishing private schools in the private
sector without fulfilling the prescribed rules for the same.
The ordinance, the
North-West Frontier Province Registration and Functioning of Private Educational
Institutions Ordinance, 2001, was supposed to streamline the functioning of the
private educational institutes in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Neither the rules have
been formed nor has a regulatory authority been constituted for conducting its
business. The ordinance, also provides for the fee structure, syllabus, uniform,
pay-scale and qualification of the teachers, library, laboratory, playground and
the area required for the establishment of private school, which if implemented
fully would bring much-needed reforms in the education sector.
Meanwhile, it is
reported that the semi-government schools affiliated with different universities
on the University Campus Peshawar have increased their fees manifold and
fleecing the parents. It is further reported that the idea behind the
establishment of the University Model School for Girls, University Public
School, Islamia Collegiate School and other semi-government institutions on the
campus was to provide quality education on reasonable charges to the people of
the surrounding areas who had donated spacious land for establishment of the
unique campus in the country. But the admission and tuition fees and other
charges have now surged to the level of the most expensive private sector
schools, the parents complained.
Parents are of the opinion that it had become
almost impossible for them to continue the studies of their kids in these
institutions. They have demanded o Governor who is also Chancellor of the public
sector universities to look into the matter and lower the fees. It merits to
mentioning here that there is no provision for annual charges in the Sindh
Private Educational Institutions (Regulation & Control) Ordinance, 2001 and
the government taking a strong exception to the so-called fee had not only
declared the charges unlawful but also asked the provincial education secretary
to get them withdrawn and decided that in case private schools had already
collected the amount under this head they be directed to either refund or adjust
the same against the monthly tuition fee of the students concerned. The practice
of 'annual charges' is also very common in the private schools of the province
including the schools running under University of Peshawar.
There are so many
schools which are not only demanding fee under different heads such as 'annual
charges', recreation fee and donations. Moreover, already sent on forced leave,
serious allegations of nepotism in appointments, misuse of power and other
irregularities have been leveled against Shirinzada Khattak, former registrar of
the University of Peshawar. In an open letter to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor
Owais Ahmad Ghani, who is also the chancellor of Peshawar University, Dr Islam
Gul, who has not mentioned his designation and department, stated that the
chancellor's directives about removal of Shirinzada could not be implemented.
The letter had also been copied to the editors of various newspapers. Titled
"non-compliance of the directives of the chancellor" some serious allegations of
nepotism in appointments were leveled in the letter against Shirinzada, who is
no more the registrar of the university. In the 22-point letter, the complainant
has alleged that Shirinzada during his tenure as registrar recruited dozens of
his close relatives on various positions in the university. It is also alleged
that Shirinzada had appointment his wife in the bio-technology department,
sister in University Model School and nephews, nieces and cousins in various
departments of the university. It is reported that the chancellor had already
taken notice of the alleged irregularities committed by the registrar due to
whom he was sent on forced leave. However, it has been said by the university
administration that he was sent on medical leave, whenever media men contact
university's spokesman. f.p report
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Primary school teachers to observe black day on 19th
Peshawar: The primary school teachers have announced to observe 'black day' on
May 19 against what they called the indifference of the government towards them.
The government has neither increased the salaries of the primary school
teachers in view of the surge in prices of daily commodities nor implemented the
proposals by the pay and pension committee, said Malik Khalid, provincial
president of All Pakistan Primary Teachers Association, in a press
The office-bearer said the primary school teachers across the
province would fasten black ribbons around their arms while performing duties to
send a message to the government about their grievances.
said the primary schools teachers had been completely ignored by the government.
No optimum increase could be made in their salaries during the last several
years, while the prices of daily commodities have gone up by several hundreds
He said around 75,000 people in the province were involved in
primary school teaching. When it comes to discipline, the government threatens
them with strict actions and other curbs, but no facility is given to them.
The teachers body representative urged the government to accept their
demands otherwise they would go on complete strike. He said the government
should announce concrete increase in their salaries, provide them other
incentives, besides arranging proper facilities at the schools.
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Four students to represent Pakistan at CIMA Global Business Challenge grand final
Karachi: Four students have been shortlisted to represent Pakistan at the CIMA
Global Business Challenge grand final to be held in Malaysia on August 5 and 6.
The winners were announced at the Pakistan level final held on Saturday at
Karachi. The shortlisted team of four students belongs to the Institute of
Business Management (IBM), Karachi. Some 16 students participated in Pakistan
level final and presented their case studies to a panel of judges from leading
business and financial institutions. Their reports were assessed by CIMA on
criteria such as focus, prioritisation and diversity of response, as well as the
use of recognised business models and technical methods to analyze financial
data. Of the four teams, each comprising four students one winning team was
shortlisted to attend the global final in August to be held in Malaysia. The news
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Lecturers protest against attack on colleague
Larkana: Lecturers and political parties and social welfare activists
took to the streets in Shahdadkot on Saturday in protest against attack on
lecturer Saleem Raza Mirani of the local government girls' college.
by Arshad Soomro, president of the Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association of
Shahdadkot chapter, and Niaz Kalani, protesters assembled at Kotu-Motu chowk,
raised slogans against the attackers and called for early arrest of the people
nominated in the FIR.
Mr Soomro threatened that delay in arrest would
compel the SPLA to take an action which might affect the upcoming practical
examinations of Higher Secondary Certificate part-I and II. Viva voce of HSC
Part-I and II are starting from May 17.
"I was attacked by over 15
people with sticks and punches while I was coming out from the girls' college on
Friday after the last paper of English of HSC Part-II," Saleem Raza Mirani said.
He linked the attack with an exchange of hot words with two
persons named Yunis Umrani and Shahid Khoso who had visited the colleges before
the start of the examination regarding the admission slip of a candidate. He
accused police of giving time to the accused to seek bail before arrest from the
court on Monday. Dawn
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