Private tuitions by public college teachers banned

LAHORE, June 26(Daily Times): The city government decided on Monday not to allow teachers of public sector colleges to run private tuition centres during summer vacations, learnt from officials concerned.

The executive district officer (Education) has sent a letter to all public sector colleges imposing a ban on teachers during summer vacations.

An Education Department official said, "Teachers of public colleges are least interested in doing the job assigned to them, but they run academies and tuition centres with more impunity." He said during ongoing summer vacations a letter had been sent to all institutions banning teachers from private tuitions.

He said the city government had no record of these private academies. He said the government would register these academies in the near future.

Assistant Director (Academic Registration) at the EDO Education's office Samia Naseem said, "The department has issued the letter after receiving various complaints from students about teachers' who take less interest in teaching at colleges." She said these teachers had been teaching at private tuition centres.

It also observed that Lahore, which was known as the city of colleges has been converted in the city of private academies, as hundreds of academies were being run in every nook and corner of the city without their registration.

Professor Jamil Ahmed, the owner of Jamil Academy, said he was associated with academies for so many years, but he did not know about any government plan regarding these academies. He said the teachers at his academies were both from private and public institutions.

He said, "Some academies are violating education ethics. They are linked with officials in the education boards. During the examinations they get 'guess papers' for their students with the help of these officials."

Rana Academy administration officer Anwer Ali said the academy was one of the oldest in the city. He said the academy was registered with the Education Department. In the academy's ten branches, he said, more than five thousand students were getting education.

Shafiq Ahmed Kamboh, a Punjab university teacher, said the government education institutions could not provide modern education. He said, "This deficiency on the part of the government institutions forces students to join private academies."

Arslan, an intermediate student at the Rana Academy, said, "I want to get admission in the University of Engineering and Technology, so I have joined the academy as I cannot rely on my college studies." He said his academy had provided him with prepared notes to get good marks.

Muhammad Ashfaq Bhutta, a teacher at an academy, said Pakistan was a poor country having a small budget of 2.4 percent for education. He said this had resulted in a decline in our educational performance. He said studying at academies was not a bad thing, but these academies should be registered.

He said in the West academies were being registered. He said in Pakistan the registration of these academies would improve the education standards.



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