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Summer camps Punjab govt fails to rein in private schools
Lahore, May 29: The summer vacation are approaching fast, but
this may not be true for many children studying in private schools
because most schools have informed parents that they will hold summer
camps soon after the first term examinations currently in session.
The Punjab government is helpless as it has no mechanism to make
private schools to follow government instructions. Private school chains
are even far from government's reach.
Besides many schools, Lahore Grammar School's Ghalib Market branch
has sent notices to parents to send their wards to school compulsorily
and pay Rs3,500 for the 20-day summer camp beginning soon after the
ongoing examinations. The parents as well as students have protested
against the new directive.
Punjab school education department secretary Aslam Kamboh said summer
camps should be organised for terminal examination class students only.
"It will be wrong if private schools will organise summer camps for
students of Class-I to IV, VI and VII," he said.
Mr Kamboh said school chains including LGS did not follow government
directions and added that still most private schools responded to
government directions. He said it would be wrong if schools do not pay
teachers for summer camp classes.
Mr Kamboh said his department had moved a summary to the chief
minister with regard to summer vacation and policy on summer camps.
However, he said, the department would mention in its order that public
schools would hold summer camps for terminal examination classes
(Class-V, VIII, IX and X) students. He said public schools would not
charge any fee and there would be no summer camps in Ramazan.
Private schools' managements say that it is the age of competition and there is a need to teach complete courses to students.
"It becomes even more important for private schools to hold summer
camps to complete courses because they offer two weekly holidays," a
private school management official said. The official said a summer camp
was not full school, but classes for selected subjects for a couple of
hours every day.
A senior school education department official, who wished not to be
named, said this powerful chief minister (Shahbaz Sharif) had failed to
bring legislation to regulate private schools. "Private schools must be
regulated to save parents from school managements' undue demands and increase in fees without any rationale," he added.
It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif's special
committee proposed in 2009 setting up an autonomous body - Private
Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority - to regulate private
The 20-member committee led by Punjab Education Foundation chairman
Raja Muhammad Anwar held extensive debates with stakeholders, including
private schools organisations as well as school chains' representatives.
The committee came up with the proposal of an autonomous body to be formed under the act of
Parliament, having more than 50 per cent of private sector
It was proposed that the autonomous body would deal with each and every affair of private schools - from registration, affiliation, categorisation, examination and fee structure to listening
to complaints of parents and students and their redressal.
Since July 2009, the Punjab government has just failed to take up this issue and meet parents' long standing demands.
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Shahbaz lauds AIMC's academic excellence
Lahore: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says Pakistan
is facing problems like corruption, energy, terrorism, bad governance,
poverty and price hike, and for steering the country out of the
situation there is a need for hard work and continuous struggle.
He was speaking at the 12th convocation of Allama Iqbal Medical College here on Monday.
"Like AIDS which weakens the body, foreign aid also ruins a nation.
We will have to denounce foreign aid and rely on our own resources to
change the situation through collective wisdom, hard work and untiring
efforts," he said.
Adviser on Health Khwaja Salman Rafique, Punjab Agriculture Minister
Ahmed Ali Aulakh, Indonesean Ambassador in Pakistan Mr. Ishaq, Iranian
Consul General Bani Asadi, MNAs, MPAs, Pakistan Medical Dental Council
President Prof Sibtainul Hassan, University of Health Sciences
Vice-Chancellor Prof IA Naveed attended the convocation.
Mr Sharif while congratulating the graduates said that their parents
and teachers deserved appreciation for the achievement. He said the
graduates had got fruit of their hard work today and now they should
serve the ailing humanity with commitment and zeal.
"The institution is named after Allama Iqbal who was not only a poet,
philosopher, thinker but a visionary leader. We have nuclear bomb in
our one hand and begging bowl in the other and both of these cannot go
He said the Punjab government had one year ago denounced foreign aid
and launched welfare programmes like Daanish schools, projects of
infrastructure, educational fund, public transport and distribution of
laptops. He said the culture of austerity had been promoted in the province and resources generated
through curtailing non-developmental expenditure were being utilised for
Allama Iqbal Medical College Principal Dr. Javed Akram presented address of welcome and highlighted the academic and
research activities of the institution. He said doctors after completing
their education from Allama Iqbal Medical College were rendering
services throughout the world including Pakistan.
He said that was the first institution where screening of new born babies had been started.
Earlier, Shahbaz Sharif gave away medals to the graduates who showed
excellent performance in the examinations. The chief minister was given
Shaheen Award on the occasion.
Later, he visited Jinnah Hospital, inaugurated the newly constructed Umar Critical Care Unit and inspected its various sections.
He also listened to the complaints of attendants of certain patients
in the hospital and issued on-the-spot orders to the hospital
The CM announced Rs50,000 from his pocket for two poor women patients during his visit to the outdoor department. Dawn
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GCU awarded PhD
Lahore: Government College University (GCU) on Monday awarded a PhD degree to a candidate
in the field of Political Science. Sadia Mushtaq has been awarded the
PhD degree after the completion of her research titled "Pakistan's
foreign policy towards India: An analysis of civilian governments and
military regimes: 1972-2008" under the supervision of Dr Khalid Javaid
Makhdoom. The news
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