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Private schools fleecing parents: Rules on fee hike flouted
Karachi, Aug 11, 2008: Various private schools continue to fleece parents by
charging exorbitant admission fees and annual charges at the beginning of the
new academic year.
Moreover, operators of school vans have also raised
their charges on the plea that petrol and diesel prices have increased manifold
during the last three to four months.
A number of parents complained that
although the officials of the Sindh government's directorate of private schools
and institutions often claimed that they would take drastic action against those
schools found violating schools' registration terms and conditions, their
complaints pertaining to exorbitant admission fees and the so-called 'annual
charges,' which they had lodged with the directorate officials, had so far
Referring to the private schools' registration rules
and regulations, which clearly state that schools can charge admission fees at
the time of giving fresh admissions to students, but the fee must be equivalent
to three months' tuition fee of the relevant schools' higher classes i.e. Class
VIII in the case of a middle school and Class X in the case of a secondary
school, some parents complained that a number of private schools were openly
flouting these rules by charging amounts much higher than the three months'
Meanwhile, complaints pertaining to the so-called 'annual
charges' being demanded from the managements of different private schools of the
city continue to pour into newspaper offices.
A number of parents said
that some private schools, which previously used to charge this illegal fee
either at the time of half-yearly or annual examinations, were now asking them
to pay the annual charges at the beginning of the new academic
They said that on the one hand, the private schools were
fleecing parents by charging exorbitant admission fees and the annual charges
and, on the other, school van charges had also been increased considerably, thus
creating immense difficulties for the citizens, especially when prices of all
essential commodities had gone beyond their purchasing power.
the provincial education department's directorate of private schools and
institutions to take drastic action against the schools, which were openly
violating the schools' registration rules and regulations.
regretted that although a number of private schools were openly violating the
relevant rules and regulations, the provincial directorate of private
schools/institutions, had so far not cancelled the registration of any
Meanwhile, Sindh Minister for Education and Literacy Pir Mazharul
Haq said that the private schools would not be allowed to charge excessive
tuition fees from the students, PPI adds.
He was speaking at a seminar of
private schools held here at a local hotel.
He said that the Pakistan
People's Party government had always worked for the betterment of the education
The minister said that the government would, however, encourage
establishment of educational institutes in the private sector and might hand
over buildings of government schools not functioning any more to the private
sector for the promotion of education in the province. Dawn
"Pakistan is a nation of shameless and insane people. The one is Mr. Mehhmood Wasti. He has increased the fees in Jauhar campus by 39%. The education standard in the school is just pathetic. The teachers never dare to speak English with the students even in the so called Cambridge section, as they dont know. The School administration is also exploiting the teachers besides parents. They pay the teachers a very low salary and even hire the intermediate pass teachers to teach in their esteemed English Medium school. I strongly feel that such people; who are actually tarnishing the education and increasing the worries of parents; must be punished. Conceivably,Mr. Wasti is also interested in eating Haram without caring for the declining economic condition of poor parents. I believe, he and his wife will carry all the additional amount or wealth to their heavenly abode. They also think that Allah Mian perhaps wont ask them for their such a cruel intention. I just hate these hippo crates and cheaters of the so alleged country Pakistan. Will somebody come for our rescue, or we better present this case for Allah Mian attention. You are a ****** Mr. Wasti."
Name: A parent
City, Country: karachi, Pakistan
"Illegal schools are increasing , and concern checking authorities are earning good amount of taxes. Who suffers " Parents of the students" who pay all the amount to get education for their children. The more the taxes at schools , the more fees will be charged from the students and the more amount parents have to pay. How long this game will continue. Why not areas for schools should be given like area for Masjid, Hospitals etc. Schools are running in garages, kitchen and dark old houses having no play grounds. Do not play with the feelings for the no choice parents. If Cantonment establish their own schools, they might collect more better volume of amount with the respect and dignity"
City, Country: Karachi - Pakistan
City, Country: karachi, pakistan
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Gulistan-e-Jauhar schools -VS- Cantonment Board Faisal (CBF)
Karachi: Sindh Additional Secretary of Education Taj Muhammad Silro has approached the Cantonment Board Faisal (CBF)
Executive Officer through letter (No. SO (CPS) /PSMA/08 Dated: August 7, 2008),
requesting him to allow the owners of private schools in their jurisdiction
reasonable time to relocate.
The CBF issued notices to private schools
within its limits (Letter No. CBF-9/Notice/G.Jauhar /Genl/5055 dated: July 19,
2008) with the warning to either quit using residential buildings as school
premises or pay a commercial property tax after the promulgation of the recently
introduced CBF Building By-Laws, 119 of 2008.
Around 70 private schools
were sent notices by the CBF.
The Sindh Education Ministry and
Directorate of Private Schools did not intervene when the issue came up earlier
this month, right before the academic year started. The cantonment board,
however, waited for the private schools to open and as soon as this happened, it
put up notices on their walls in Gulistan-e-Jauhar, sources said.
Schools Management Association (PSMA) Chairman Sharafuz Zaman said that he did not agree with the contents of the letter as he felt
they did not say what would happen to the future of the private schools in
"It is not that easy to change a school's premises
overnight," he said. "That is around 300 private schools and above all, it is a
matter of serious concern as the future of around 25,000 students is at stake.
The CBF should find a way out acceptable to both the stakeholders."
issue of a commercial tax on private schools can be resolved according to the
law, he maintained. "But setting a deadline for the settlement of dues arising
from the status of the commercialization of school premises was a hasty
Gulistan-e-Jauhar is partly administered by the CBF and
partly by the City District Government Karachi. There are a total of over 600
schools and surprisingly no public school under the Sindh Education Ministry or
CDGK is located in this huge area. The number of private schools within the
jurisdiction of CBF is more than 300.
Future of hundreds students at stake
Karachi: The ongoing rift
between the private schools' management board and Cantonment Board Faisal (CBF)
reached its climax when CBF asked more than seventy schools to close down with
immediate effect on Saturday, it was learnt.
The Private Schools
Management Association (PSMA) strongly condemned the closure of these schools
and the related-offices within the CBF jurisdiction. "A couple of days ago, a
meeting between the CBF chief executive and PSMA was held, in which the CBF CE
assured us that he will extend maximum cooperation on the dispute of
commercialization of school buildings. The process of reconciliation was in
progress but all of a sudden, the CBF forcefully imposed a ban on private
schools in KDA Scheme 1, causing closure of around seventy private schools and
related offices," PSMA chairman Sharaf-uz-Zaman informed.
PSMA staged a demo outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) against the CBF's
decision and demanded that the authorities look into this serious matter that
could put the future of several thousand students at stake. The government had
already announced that the academic session in Sindh will start on August 5
instead of August 1 and this session will be for 8 months only because
government has announced that new academic year will commence from April 1 in
2009. The eight-month session this year will affect students a lot and the load
of curricular activities will give them a hard time this year.
closure of these private schools, it will further stress the students to
complete the course within the reframed duration. According to the new academic
year policy, summer vacations will be from June 1 to June 31, while winter
vacations will be from December 20 to December 31. All schools, private or
public, will complete tuition and examination processes by March to adopt the
April 1calendar to start the new academic session. The government took the
decision on the April calendar in an inter-provincial education ministers' moot,
the thirteenth moot held in Islamabad on May 9, according to an official letter
(F-8/1/2008/SSG dated: May 24, 2008).
Another office bearer of the PSMA,
Syed Khalid Shah, was contacted to ascertain the facts pertaining to the matter.
"There is no government school in the jurisdiction of the CBF and asking the
current private schools to either commercialize themselves or face closure is
very disappointing. If there was a problem, why did the education authority or
the Board of Secondary Education Karachi accredit these schools?" questioned
Shah. He further said that the rule 119/2008 came into force from this year in
which any new school will not be permitted to open in the CBF jurisdiction. This
does not apply to the schools that already exist, Shah added. However, talking
about the number of schools that were sealed or closed down, Shah said that he
had little knowledge of this. "I don't think any school was shut down today.
They asked us verbally to close down, in case the school buildings are not
commercialized," revealed Shah.
When tried to contact officials of
the CBF but no one was available to comment on the issue.
approximately 237 private schools in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area only and over
65,000 children are enrolled in these schools. The number of private schools
within the jurisdiction of the CBF is over 300. The CBF collects Rs 7,000 from
each school per year, making a total of Rs 2,100,000 from all theseprivate
schools. The tax rates levied by the CBF are higher than those that the City
District Government Karachi (CDGK) has levied. Daily Times
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