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Education policy: Private sector to be encouraged

'Private sector to be encouraged in next edu policy'
Lahore, Feb 28: Secretary Education (Schools) Punjab Nadeem Ashraf has said that the private sector will be encouraged in the next education policy for the promotion of education.

Addressing an educational conference organised by the Private Schools Management Association at Hamdard Centre Friday, he said that the draft education policy was circulated among the provinces and stakeholders for their input. After studying it he found some shortcomings in the private sector and gave his proposals for the development of private sector which he hoped will be incorporated in the education policy.

He said 40 per cent students study in private schools and except some elite schools, 95 per cent schools charge less than Rs 500 tuition fee as per month and deliver good service. He said that federal taxes on private schools should be reduced.

He said that it had already been decided to register the schools having their own buildings for 10 years and the schools functioning in rented buildings for five years while previously they were required to get registered every year.
He said the regulatory authority on education would focus on private sector while PPSMA central president Adeeb Javedani will be given membership in the consultative body.

Earlier Javedani in his welcome address praised the new registration rules and said this will help promote the education in private sector. He said the private sector is rendering invaluable services for the promotion of literacy and education and it must be encouraged.

Syed Mohammad Jaafri, Ch Mohammad Iqbal, Mohammad Aslam and a number of delegates from Punjab also expressed their view. They called for reducing the affiliation fee, enhancement in scholarship stipends of the talented students and removal of cruel laws. The Nation

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GCU wins English, Urdu debates
Lahore: Government College University Debating Society has won both the English and Urdu team trophies at the International Parliamentary Debates Competition held at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering and Technology in Topi, NWFP. A total of 25 teams from across the Sub-continent participated in the competition. GCU defeated Agha Khan University in the English final. Its team consisted of Muhammad Umer Khan, Rana Hamza Ijaz and Syed Mustafa Haider Rizvi. Ijaz won the Best Speaker Award for the tournament. GCU defeated FC College in the Urdu final. Its team consisted of Sardar Junaid Bahadur Khan, Rana Saram Israr and Abbas Nazir. Daily Times

Annual drama festival
Lahore: Dramatic Club of GC University is hosting the 3rd Inter-varsity Drama Festival from March 8 to 14 at the Bokhari Auditorium of the varsity.

According to the spokesman of the GCU, teams from all the four provinces of the country along with teams from Delhi University India will take part in the weeklong festival where amateur student performers will be showing their skills. GC University Dramatic Club took the initiative of arranging the first festival of this kind in 2007 when twelve teams from all over Pakistan and three teams from India had participated in the event. In 2008 sixteen teams, ten from Pakistan and six from India performed their skills in the festival and won accolades from theatre lovers of the metropolis.

This year eighteen theatre groups of the two countries are performing their works. The Festival will open with the presentation of Neil Simon's Farcical Comedy Rumors by the hosts. It is also scheduled on March 5 and 6 at the Bokhari Auditorium at 6 pm. The Nation

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