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Delhi School lost court battles to pvt owners

KARACHI, July 7(Daily Times): The Government Delhi School (GDS) has lost a court battle as a result of which over 4,000 students stand to lose their educational institution and 150 teachers and 50 staff members could lose their jobs.

The Sindh High Court ordered Monday that the Delhi Anglo Arabic Old Student's Society (DAAOSS) take hold of the property. The legal branch of the ministry of education had fought the case. DAAOSS had filed a case in an attempt to recover the property that it lost in 1973 under the nationalization policy.

According to the court decision, the DAAOSS has been given permission to take over all four buildings comprising Govt Delhi Secondary School for Boys, Govt Delhi Secondary School for girls and Govt Delhi Primary School for boys and girls. Under the present government's policy of privatization, owners have reclaimed their properties and obtained court orders in their favor.

"This is just like other similar cases in the city where the legal branch of the education department failed to defeat their opponent(s) in court. In fact, the legal branch's in-charge, as reported, did not attend the court on time which resulted in the case becoming one sided," claimed a bitter GDS official.

The Federal Public School in Nazimabad, the Memon School at Tower and the Karachi Academy at Azizabad have all lost legal battles in the same process, said a source from the EDO Education office. "Not only have millions of rupees of investment from the education department been wasted but also prominent educational institutions under public ownership have ceased to exist - leaving the future of millions of students at the mercy of private-owned schools," said a GDS teacher.

"We tried to save the institution by paying over Rs 800,000 in rent to the building owners. We even offered to purchase the property because there are no other government schools in the area. But all our efforts resulted in nothing," said EDO Education (schools) Fakhar Karim Siddiqui.

According to her, the education department and her office are still trying their best to save the institution. A meeting between the EDO and education secretary has been scheduled for Monday, July 9 to discuss this matter. "We have filed a petition asking for a period of 15 days. We still wish to reach a positive result," she said.

These four buildings are worth billions of rupees. "All this infrastructure and property will ultimately go to the wining parties. The court order was verbally informed to the school's management. They were asked to stop their academic activities in order to avoid contempt of court," claimed a GDS teacher.

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"asa im an old student of Govt Dehli Boys secondry School im am so sad after listen this news i just want to know from 1980 to 1995 "Govt Delhi Secondary School for Boys, Govt Delhi Secondary School for girls and Govt Delhi Primary School for boys and girls" how many student got position in board examination if possible plz sent me the detail becuase i want to show my childern im proud to be the student of Dehli school who get regular position in matric board exams and standard is much higher then any other school now a days plz if posible do this plz its my request i live in usa. thanxs -azeem a khan"
Name: azeem
City, Country: chicago, usa

"So sad to hear this. Private schools are fleecing the public at large and this has resulted by the half harted approach of the Education Department. I was studying in this institution from 1974 to 1986. I passed out grade 10 in 1984 and Intermediate from Delhi College in 1986. It was a great institution with great academia at that time. I am sad."
Name: Ansar
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

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