Private schools charging high fee in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
No way yet to check private schools charging high fee
Peshawar: Successive governments in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have
failed to set up an autonomous regularity authority for private schools,
who had been charging students at their will in the absence of any
legal fee structure.
Establishing a private school has become a
very lucrative business and during past few years mushrooming growth of
private schools has been noted in the name of imparting quality
These schools have been charging high annual
promotion and monthly fee along with other charges such as examination,
sports and medical fees, putting extra burden on the parents.
One reason for parents being forced to get their children admitted to
private schools has been the poor performance of government schools.
The provincial government had established 'Regularity Authority for
Registration of Private Institutions' (RARPI) under the North West
Frontier Province Registration and Functioning of Private Educational
Institutions Ordinance, 2001, to streamline, supervise and regulate the
functioning of private educational institutions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
However, the authority has so far proved ineffective in controlling the powerful administrations of private schools.
An official of the RARPI, which functions under the Board of
Intermediate and Secondary Education chairman said that the
authority had proved toothless in the absence of any legal powers with
it to check the fee structure.
There have been no criteria for
private schools' fee structure and they increase fee at their will.
Similarly, administrations of private schools also indulge in unlawful
activities to lure more students to their respective institutions, like
using unfair means to show good results in secondary school certificate
"Private schools have been indulging in all
sorts of unethical practices from overcharging students to buying
examination staff to show 'performance', but the government has failed
to initiate any action against them," said an official.
that whenever private schools moved court against the regulatory
authority's action it couldn't defend its action as there was no proper
fee structure in the law.
An official of the Elementary and
Secondary Education (E&SE) department told this correspondent that
the education department had proposed the establishment of a separate
regulatory authority under the E&SE department, but the Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa cabinet rejected the idea.
"The cabinet observed
that a joint regulatory authority should be formed to control all
private educational institutions, including schools, technical education
institutions, colleges and universities," he said.
the official said that it was not possible for a single regulatory
authority to control all the private schools, colleges and universities
in the province.
Asked about no mention of fee structure and
categorisation of private schools in the existing law, the E&SE
official said that it was the responsibility of the regulatory authority
to frame bylaws for this purpose as such things were never mentioned in
the ordinance or law. Dawn
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KMC turns into under-construction plaza
Peshawar: The Khyber Medical College (KMC) is presenting a look of an
under-construction plaza because of ill-advised planning for expenditure
of Rs300 million by the previous administration of the institution.
simultaneous start of repair work, even where it was not required,
would create difficulties for students when they join the college today
(Monday). This is typical of the public sector planning, which are
expenditure-driven instead of need and requirement.
administration had initiated an extensive repair of all the lecture
theatres, laboratories and even faculty offices. The present
administration is trying hard to get these buildings repaired as soon as
Senior faculty members blamed the previous administration
for extreme ill-planning. The repair work, which they said should have
been done phase-wise, was started all of a sudden throughout the
college. It appears that previous administration was interested in
spending the heavy budget, which the college received for first time in
The college was allocated Rs300 million for repair and
equipment. A senior teacher said that the undergraduate
students didn't require very sophisticated equipment, adding that mostly
when it purchased it remained unused and become obsolete in due course
A similar purchase was made in Bannu Medical College a few
years back and hardly any part of it has been used. That sophisticated
equipment also proved to be unhelpful for earning the college
recognition, he added. It appears that the college, both
administratively and academically, deteriorated in due course of time.
In recent past, many senior faculty members left the college and joined
The faculty members blamed the previous
administration for all the mal-administration and chaotic situation in
the institution. They said it was not only the academics atmosphere that
deteriorated but also in the last one year no extra-curricular
activities took place in the college.
The KMC, which was once famous
for its literary; sports and other extra-curricular activities, didn't
have any in the calendar year, they said. It was also known that the
previous principal kept the official staff car for almost a month after
her removal from the office. It was learnt that the previous principal
used three vehicles, in which a staff car and a newly purchased hiace
remained parked at her residence. In addition, she had another hiace
under her control, which was parked in the college garage. The petrol
usage for the three vehicles in July was Rs61,000, which was manifold
higher than sanctioned for such officer.
When contacted, KMC
Principal Dr Sultan Mahmood admitted that the new administration was
concerned about the situation as repair work had been started
simultaneously in the college, which he said, could have been initiated
The principal said the administration had several
meetings with the officials of Communications and Works (C&W)
Department to expedite the work. He said the repair work at lecture
theatres and laboratories was near completion, which would soon be
completed. However, he said it could be used for lectures.
about the faculty offices, he said work on the offices had to be
stopped for a while as their first priority was to finish the repair of
lecture theatres and laboratories.
Commenting upon the excessive fuel
charges of the three vehicles in use of the former principal, he said
though there were reports about the excessive fuel usage, yet he didn't
receive anything in writing. He said the administration would discuss
the matter at the meeting of the Institutional Management Committee. The news
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Lecturers rally for release of salaries
Peshawar: All Contract Lecturers Association (ACLA) on Monday
staged a protest demonstration here outside Peshawar Press Club,
demanding release of salaries to the second shift lecturers, which had
been withheld from the last 15 months.
Speaking on the
occasion, ACLA provincial president Nasir Khan said that these contract
lecturers had been serving with 25 government higher secondary schools
in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that while the government had given
extension to morning shift teachers and regularised their services, it
failed to even pay the salaries of second shift teachers for the last
over a year.
Dozens of male and female lecturers holding
banners and placards inscribed with their demands participated in the
demonstration. They were also shouting slogans against the authorities
concerned for using delaying tactics in release of their salaries.
Mr Nasir, leading the rally, said that the government should realise
the promises it made with the contract lecturers for regularisation of
He said that non-payment of salaries for such a
long time was a violation of the basic human rights of lecturers who
had been facing financial problems. He also warned that the lecturers
and their students could launch a long march on Islamabad if the
provincial lawmakers failed to resolve their problems.
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Schools vacated by flood victims reopen
Peshawar: The government reopened all schools in the provincial
metropolis on Monday after vacating the same from the flood-affected
people, officials said.
However, some government schools in
Charsadda and Nowshera districts are closed as they are still occupied
by the flood survivors.
"All the schools in Peshawar have been
vacated from flood victims, however, some people are still staying in
the newly constructed blocks of Government Higher Secondary School City
No.1 and No.3.
These new buildings are not in the use of schools," Planning and Development Additional Director Bashir Hussain Shah said.
The dislocated persons, occupying 20 schools in Charsadda and 12 in
Nowshera, were reluctant to leave the buildings as they had not received
An official of the education department hoped that
schools in Charsadda and Nowshera would also be vacated from the flood
victims as a non-governmental organisation had promised to provide tents
to them within two or three days.
The affected families
staying in the two schools in Peshawar have also not received tents due
to which they have refused to go to their native towns. These families
belong to the flood-hit areas of Charsadda and Nowshera.
philanthropists had distributed tents among the flood victims, living in
the schools, to enable them to go back to their villages but many of
them had not received the same due to mismanagement and non-presence of
them at that time.
The displaced people have demanded of the
government to provide them tents, food package and cash amount of
Rs20,000 before asking them to leave the schools. Dawn
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