Private schools 20pc tuition fees increase
Parents slam 20pc rise; claim only 5pc increase allowed
Karachi, May 15: Despite that the private schools are only allowed to increase
five per cent of the tuition fees, most of them have increased the tuition fees
up to 20 per cent, and yet the DPIS had taken no action against those schools,
parents of some students said.
The parents said
that the DPIS should realise its responsibility and monitor the schools, which
were collecting more money than the approved increment in tuition fee. It was
observed that the monitoring teams of the directorate are least bothered to
visit schools in this regard, they added.
On the other hand, the director
of the DPIS, Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui, said that they needed complaints to take
action against any such school and the parents were requested to co-operate with
Moreover, leader of the Private Schools Management
Associations (PSMA), Sharaf Uz Zaman said that the DPIS had failed to
implement its rules and regulations on the private education institutes without
The DPIS was not providing shelter to the management
of the schools and they were left alone to face the departments such as the
Sindh Employees Social Security Institution and the EOBI as well as the tax
department, he added. Zaman said the said departments have raided schools and
demanded handsome amounts of money from the management of schools.
have no authority to visit the schools, yet representatives of these bodies come
to the schools and tell the managements that they were violating the laws, Zaman
said. He added that these representatives use such tactics to earn money from
the owners of the schools by threatening to lodge cases against them.
the DPIS could not stop the said bodies from visiting the schools, it should
permit the schools to charge some extra money to the parents in order to pay the
schools taxes, he added. Zaman also said the Value Added Tax (VAT) is another
problem faced by the school owners.
Representative of the All Private
Schools Management Association Sindh, Syed Khalid Shah, he refused to pay VAT
and that he would ask the parents to raise their voices against VAT.
further said the management of schools are allowed to increase only five per
cent in tuition fees and they have to pay 15 per cent in lieu of VAT, which is
injustice with parents, students and the school managements. He suggested that
schools should increase 10 per cent in tuition fees. Meanwhile, Shah said the
DPIS wanted the schools operating in lower and middle class localities to follow
the rules and regulations of the authority, while they kept silent regarding
taking action against schools operating in posh areas of the city.
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27 private schools given
Karachi: A number of private schools have submitted applications at the
Directorate of Private Institutions Sindh (DPIS) to seek permission for an
increase in the monthly tuition fees. As many as 27 schools have been granted
permission in this regard.
This was said by the director of the DPIS,
Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui. He said that as per rules
and regulations of the DPIS, private institutions could enhance five per cent in
tuition fees for an academic year. However, parents of students claim that some
schools have increased the tuition fees up to 20 per cent and yet the DPIS was
not taking any action against them (see box).
Siddiqui said that
permission of the DPIS after visits by its inspection committees and
verifications of all the necessary documents and records were required to
increase the tuition fees.
The managements of private educational
institutes are requested to follow some terms and conditions if they wanted to
enhance the tuition fees. Any school that wanted to increase the tuition fees
should also increase the salaries of its teachers accordingly, the DPIS official
said. He added that such schools should also provide additional facilities to
the students apart from following other conditions mentioned in the
'Registration Certificate'. Similarly, the schools that have increased tuition
fees were not allowed to enhance any other fund, he said. Moreover, the DPIS
director pointed out that the order to increase the tuition fees was subject to
modification and withdrawal if and when found necessary by the competent
Meanwhile, Siddiqui said that permission for any increment in
the fee structure should be taken before the beginning of an academic session,
which generally starts from April 01 every year, he added. The director DPIS
further said that students of Class-X would have to pay the fee up till March,
whereas students of Class I to IX would have to pay the fee for the months of
June and July. Meanwhile, if parents intend to take their children to another
school they should submit applications to the concerned institution before the
beginning of new academic year, he said, adding that such students would only
have to pay the fees of March.
Siddiqui said that the DPIS had asked the
registered schools to strictly follow the rules and regulations of the
Moreover, the management of schools are required to write
the required fees on the schools' notice boards. Besides, the schools are
instructed against charging any other fees unless approved by the DIPS rules and
regulations, including annual charges and recreation fee. However, the admission
fee should at least be equal to three months tuition fees.
that the DPIS has constituted a team to monitor the schools and give their
reports about the institution. Any educational centre deviating from the rules
could face suspension or cancellation of its registration. According to the
Sindh Private Education Institutions (Regulation and Control) Ordinance, 2001
(Amended Act-2003 and Rule-2005), the DPIS has the authority to take strict
action against schools that do not follow the directorate's regulations, he
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KU announces special exam for old students
Karachi: Deputy Controller, KU, semester examination section, has
announced that all the old students (from 1973 onwards) whose
enrolment/re-enrolment have expired and they have not yet completed their degree
programmes due to declaration as failed in one or more courses, will be allowed
to take a One-Time Special Chance Examination which will begin from June 30,
2010. The examination form and the prescribed fee of Rs.2000/- could be
submitted from June 08 to June 14 and after that with late fee of Rs.500 till
According to an announcement of the Directorate of Evening
Programme, University of Karachi, the students of all the departments and
centers in the Evening Program who have so far not cleared their dues, are
directed to immediately pay their dues. Deans, chairpersons, directors and
in-charges have been requested by the Director of Evening Program to ensure that
defaulter students do clear their dues without further delay. The students not
complying with the instructions may not be allowed to appear in the current
semester examinations. The news
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NED girl student dies in accident
Karachi: A student of the NED University of Engineering and
Technology was killed while she was crossing the road in a hit-and-run accident
near the NIPA Chowrangi on Friday.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal police station SHO
Salman Waheed said the victim Javeria, 22, daughter of Moiz Ahmed, was a
resident of North Nazimabad and a 2nd year student at the Chemical Engineering
The officer added that due to the government's announcement
of Saturdays as holiday, the university administration had changed the point
service timings to 4:30 pm only on Friday, therefore the deceased left the
university on a passenger bus at her normal time.
The victim while trying
to take a bus at NIPA Chowrangi received a head injury due to a collision
between a rickshaw and Mehsud Coach, he said.
She was immediately taken
to a hospital where she succumbed to her injuries during treatment, the officer
Waheed further said that both the coach and rickshaw drivers
managed to escape from the scene, adding that investigations were underway. It
is pertinent to mention that an NED student died in an accident at the Silver
Jubilee Gate of the Karachi University in April last year when she slipped and
was crushed under the wheels of the bus she was disembarking from. Daily times
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FUUAST extends form submission date
Karachi: Controller Examination Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) on Friday
announced that date of submitting registration forms for BA and B.Com Part I and
II and combined, MA (private) new and old candidates and seminaries candidates
for academic year 2009 has been extended from 17th to 31st May 2010.
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'Decline in arts education worrisome'
Karachi: Forty five-year-old Harji Mal, an arts teacher in the Government
Drawing Teachers Training Center, Hyderabad, thinks that the trend of teaching
drawing as a subject in schools across the province is facing a
"Gone are the days when teachers used to encourage the students
to make clay models and do creative work with pencil, especially during their
annual examinations at primary schools," says Harji, who has 23 years of
experience as an arts teacher. "In the past, the students would be given marks
for there ability in creating works of art," he said, adding that the students
would start working on their projects weeks before the exams, which would often
be an exciting exercise.
The drawings and other works by the students
would be displayed in classrooms. "Drawings (by the students) were hung on the
walls and clay models put on the tables, hoping to win recognition as an
artist," the drawing teacher said.
But now, only few teachers come for
admission in the drawing training center, he regretted. Earlier, the subject of
drawing was compulsory in primary and secondary schools. However, now in most of
the government schools the subject is not taught, mostly due to lack of
qualified drawing teachers, Harji added.
Harji thinks every child loves
music and colours. "Let them choose the colours to identify whatever they
imagine," he says, adding however that priority is not given to drawing and
arts, which results in disappointment of the talented children who could show
their creativity through simple pencil work, colours and sculptures.
in Mirpur Bathoro Town, Thatta district, Harji is proud to be the son of a
traditional shoemaker, who was famous for his work in the entire area. It was
his dream since childhood to become an educated person. He says as a child he
was interested in colours. He was studying in class III when he built a crane
(Digging Machine) with mud and a small plant, for which his teacher appreciated
him a lot. This was a big achievement for him and he started giving full time to
pencil work and depicting different scenes through matching
After completing his primary education in Jungshahi, he got
admission in the Teachers Training College Mirpur Bathoro, and did a diploma in
drawing. He also studied in the Fine Arts department at University of Sindh.
However, his days at the University of Sindh did not prove to be much of an
inspiration for him. He complains that certain teachers used to discourage the
Unlike him, his son Aneel Harji, who is studying arts
at the National College of Art (NCA), Lahore, experiences a more encouraging
environment than his father. Two of his children also take interest in arts.
Harji says he is happy seeing his children having a keen interest in his
Harji believes that the students of rural areas are perhaps
more creative because they observe the nature more closely. "Singing birds,
butterflies and streaming watercourses provide them a chance to live close to
the nature and see its beauty at a very early age," the arts teacher
Harji mostly portrays nature, romance and struggle for peace in his
works. Women, especially those belonging to poor families, attract him, and
through colours he tries to tell the world about their lives. He depicts women,
their ornaments, and faces, in order to tell the meaning of earthen jars and
colours. He has taken part in group exhibitions held in Karachi, Lahore and
The drawing center where Harji is teaching has been dedicated
to renowned artist Abdullah Qadir Shaikh (popularly known as Ain Qaf Shaikh),
who was one of the founding members of the center, then being run in the
premises of the Teachers Training College established by British government in
1865. The present building of the college was built in 1887.
center that looks like a congested gallery-also called art museum-a large number
of works of art can be seen hanging on the walls and muddy items scattered on
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'Occupants of land behind BBMC not encroachers'
Karachi: The land behind the Benazir Bhutto Medical College (BBMC) is not
occupied illegally but rather the 'encroachers' are the rightful owners of this
property, said a senior official from the Revenue Department on the condition of
He said that the on going feud about the
demolition of the godowns behind BBMC to pave way for the development work of
the college will be expedited soon. "As it is for the general welfare of the
people we won't take much time to expedite the whole process but to call the
rightful land owners 'encroachers' is not justified."
For the past few
months, a dispute between the management at BBMC and godown owners at the back
of the college is going on. The management claims that the land occupied by the
godown owners is meant for the college whereas the owners say that their land is
leased. Presently, a case pertaining to the dispute is being heard in the
Meanwhile, Land Inspector of the City District Government Karachi
(CDGK), Abdul Quyyum also agreed with the comments of the Revenue Department
official and said, "The development work of the BBMC is being held up due to
some administrative issues of the college and not because of the encroachment
However, the project director and Dean BBMC, Hassan Dost Afridi,
has another story to tell and refutes the claim that the issues befalling the
BBMC are managerial in nature. Rather he says that in a recently held meeting
with the finance secretary, he pointed out the fact that the land behind the
college is "not allotted in anyone's name" and the supposed lease the owners
claim to have has expired a very long ago. He said that there are four godowns
and around 35-40 small quarters that come under the land which the godown owners
claim to be theirs.
"The one person who claims the land as his own got it
in an auction and this is not in his name even," explained the dean. He says
that the building constructed at present is a temporary area for the medical
college, "because understandably a medical college needs a bigger space than the
one it is provided at the time being."
Explaining the amount of work
that is being held up because of the land occupied by the encroachers, he said
that till now, only the classrooms and sitting area for the students has been
made. Apart from that administration block, laboratories for anatomy,
physiology, biochemistry, forensic medicine and pathology and hygiene are
waiting to be constructed for the past four months, for which he says the
college will have to wait more. "Our efforts of the past few months are all in
vain as the encroachers have refused to budge which is adding to our problems,"
The medical college which was a part of the big plan of the
Lyari Development Project has been mired with problems from day one. From the
beginning the project was held up either due to held up payments or the meager
salary offered to the professors or the absence of a proper admission policy.
Afridi says that the issues and problems are piling up for their
ambitious project, adding, "What keeps us going is that the people of Lyari are
supporting the development work in the area rather than opposing. This is a plus
point and one which will get us through." The news
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