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RBISE SSC-II supple exams forms date

Form date for SSC-II supple exam extended
Rawalpindi, Aug 20: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Rawalpindi has extended date for submission of forms for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) supplementary examination.

The last date for submission of forms with regular fee has been extended from August 25 to September 2, a press release issued by the board said.

The candidates can submit the forms with double fee till September 7 and with three-time higher fee till September 14.

The last date for depositing fee for rechecking of answer sheets would be August 31.

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AJK private schools asked to follow govt policy
Muzaffarabad: Waking up to complaints by the aggrieved parents at long last, the AJK education department has warned all private educational institutions to stick to the official policy regarding their vacations, tuition timings and syllabus.

The warning, issued by the secretary education (schools) through a circular, also made it clear that the educational institutions could not charge 'additional fees' in the name of holding the so-called 'summer camps' during vacations.

Sources said that some parents had submitted written complaints to the education department that their children had been asked by their respective (private) educational institutions to deposit 'additional fees' for the so-called summer camps in addition to the full fees already paid for the summer vacations.

One of those parents, when contacted by this correspondent, said his son was asked by the administration of his (private) school to deposit Rs6,000 for the summer camp he had attended or else he might be expelled.

"Instead of confronting the school administration I decided to lodge a complaint with the education department and if need be challenge the unlawful demand in the court of law," he said.

It is alleged that the 'summer camps' are held by many private schools to ensure their students, appearing in any board examination, do well so as to enable them pull in more admissions in the next session.

"Given their high fee structures - 10 to 50 times higher than the public sector educational institutions - the private schools are supposed to provide the best tuition during regular school hours but, nevertheless, we are compelled to send our children to the coaching centres," lamented the parent who requested anonymity.

However, sources said, there were little chances that the private schools, already found flouting several rules, regulations and laws, including the minimum wages act, would show any regard to the 'feeble' education department circular.

A law department official, when contacted, said the government was contemplating establishing a statutory body to regulate the affairs of private schools, including their fee structure, amid growing public complaints against them.

However, sources recalled, a similar move in 2003 had met with failure due to alleged misunderstanding by the administration of the AJK University, which assumed that the bill envisaging a regulatory body for private educational institutions was aimed at brining it under government control.

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Principal issued notice in student expulsion case
Peshawar: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday issued notice to the principal of a local private chain of schools in a writ petition filed by a seventh grade student challenging his expulsion from the school on the ground of contracting marriage.

A two-member bench comprising Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel and Justice Sardar Shaukat Hayat fixed August 26 for next hearing with the direction to the respondent -- principal of Peshawar Model School -- to furnish reply to the petition before that date.

The bench issued the order after arguments by Advocate Muhammad Essa Khan, counsel for the petitioner, Gherat Khan.

The respondents in the petition are the board of governors of Peshawar Model School, principal of the school's Boys III Branch and the provincial education department.The counsel requested the court to declare the impugned order concerning expulsion of his client from school as illegal and of no legal effect. He requested the court to direct the school administration to withdraw the impugned order, re-admit the petitioner in Class-7 and allow him to complete his studies according to rules of the school.

Gherat Khan had claimed in his petition that his father had died and he had been living with his elderly, ailing mother, who was unable to do domestic chores. He added that he entered into wedlock on the desire of his mother and other relatives to cope with the situation. He claimed that he had attained puberty.

The petitioner claimed that the news of his marriage was received by the principal with annoyance to the extent that she rusticated him from the school. The petitioner said that he was given a certificate with a 'false statement' that he was leaving school on his 'parent's request'.

His counsel contended that there was no law in vogue in Pakistan that may empower the respondents to expel the petitioner from school for the sole reason of his having entered into a matrimonial contract.

He claimed that a number of students of the same school were married and carrying on their studies without any hindrance. He added that the selective action was discriminative in nature, which was against Article 4 of the Constitution. Dawn

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