Peshawar students transport problem

Students facing transport problem in Peshawar
Peshawar, Nov 13: Student community in the provincial metropolis are facing transport problem, as there are hundreds of educational institutions here but transport arrangement for thousands of students is insufficient. Though many institutions have their own arrangement for the pick and drop of their students, yet it is not sufficient to facilitate the entire community. It is reported that a large number of students coming from suburbs of city reach their respective schools and colleges through private transport, the drivers and conductors of which usually misbehave with them.

Several students shared their sufferings and rude behaviour of the transporters. A student, Gul Rehman said the school and college buses ply only on specific routes and he has to use local transport to reach his college. "This is one of the major problems for all those who come from outstation," he said. Students complained that majority of local transporters do not stop their buses on stops where they are waiting.

Mahmud Jan, a college student, said due to financial problems, he couldn't pay full fare of the bus, while transporters do not allow them the student concession. Sana Ali, another student, said particularly girl students have to wait for a long time to find a seat due to which they often reach their college late. She demanded the concerned authorities to provide sufficient buses for colleges, especially women's colleges.

The parents also complained about the rash driving of school and college van/buses drivers and said that there are many examples on how drivers of school and college buses in the city pander to careless driving to reach their destinations in time. In most parts of the City, the speed of the vehicles goes unchecked. The drivers pay scant regard to the safety of kids seated inside these vehicles.

Occasionally negligible accidents in which school/college buses are involved are reported in the city and suburbs, happily with no grievous injury to Apart from driving in a rash and slipshod manner, blowing horns within the city limits, particularly near hospital zones, and drivers talking over mobile phone while driving go unchecked. It poses a threat to other motorists and pedestrians.

Judging by the appearance of the school vehicles there is every reason to believe that greater part of them is much, much worse. Realizing the problems involved in the transport of kids, some parents assign the task to private operators. Just a very few institutions care for the school kids by closely monitoring the mode of transport used by their students. Though many parents have switched over to private vans after realizing the risks involved in sending their wards in jam-packed school buses, private drivers also drive heedlessly.

Many parents expect a more dependable role by the educational institutions and private van owners in providing a safe ride for the students. By plainly breaking traffic rules in connection with transporting school students to their schools from home and vice-versa, the school buses and parallel services are jeopardizing lives of hundreds of school kids. Though the traffic police have given clear guidelines to vehicles plying with school kids, a usual site that one sees on road is school kids stuffed in these vehicles. Transport planners say accidents involving vehicles transporting school kids can be avoided if the authorities take steps to employ the traffic rules.

As per the guidelines, only experienced vehicle drivers should be allowed to drive vehicles engaged in transporting school kids. Drivers booked twice for traffic-related offences should not be put on duty and school buses should not exceed the speed limit. It should also be made mandatory to equip vehicles carrying school kids with first aid boxes, fire extinguishers, grills on windows, school bag tray under the seat and provision for water. Besides, a board stating that it is on 'school duty' should be placed while transporting school kids.

In the absence of effectual crackdown by the traffic police on careless drivers, more and more people are entering this lucrative business. The convenience of picking up school kids from their doorstep and high rates has resulted in the mushrooming of private school kids vans. Vehicles with kids sitting on both sides of the driver's seat and bags hung all over and small vans carrying over two-dozen students with bags loaded on top are a normal sight these days.

The parents said that school transports were charging high fees even of short distance like in Hayatabad school pick-ups are charging Rs.1500 per child whereas school buses were taking Rs.1200 per student. They said any parent having three or four school going kid have to pay five to six thousand rupees only for transport fee besides the high school fees. Even reputed schools carry more than the permitted number of children in their buses. Often they have the younger ones sit 3 to a seat, and the older ones sit 2 to a seat.

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Perceptions on uniform education system
Peshawar: People have different perceptions on uniform system of education in Pakistan. To find out what the public feel about one system of education available through out the country, a survey was carried out by Gallup Pakistan. According to this survey, more than half of all respondents (51%) support one system of education available to everyone in Pakistan, 38% disagree with that and 11% of the respondents were unsure.

A nationally representative sample of men and women from across the country were read out a list of statements and were asked "People in Pakistan have different viewpoints. Please tell us whether you agree or disagree with the following statement?" Regarding the various systems of education available within the country, majority expressed their disapproval. 51% agree that 'Without one system of education we can not unite as one nation', whereas 38% disagree, and 11% of the respondents were not sure. The findings of the survey reveal that a proportionately higher percentage of urbanites (59%) as compared to their rural counterparts (47%) believe there should be a uniform system of education for everyone.

The study was released by Gilani foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup International. The latest survey was carried out among a sample of 2765 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country. F.P Report

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KUST VC recovery demanded
Peshawar: The faculty members of the Centre of Biotechnology, University of Peshawar, have asked the NWFP governor to take measures for early and safe recovery of Prof Dr Lutfullah Kakakhel, Vice-Chancellor of the Kohat University of Science and Technology, kidnapped recently.

The demand was made through a unanimous resolution by the faculty and staff members of the centre at a meeting presided by director of the centre Prof Dr Bashir in the chair. They expressed solidarity with Prof Dr Khoussia Lutfullah, wife of the abducted VC, who one held the office of director of the centre and presently is a faculty member.

The participants of the meeting appealed to kidnappers to release the vice-chancellor because he was serving the under-privileged and less- educated youth of southern districts and adjoining tribal region.

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Health professionals wind up workshop
Peshawar: Increased awareness of statistical considerations, more stress on concepts applications not calculations and more focus on data than lecturing was the theme of the three-day workshop for health professionals.

Organised by the Directorate of Research and Development of Khyber Medical University on 'Bio Statistics and Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS),' the workshop was attended by medical students, faculty members and health professionals.

Dean of Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI) Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) Professor Dr Arshad Javed was the chief guest at the concluding ceremony, while Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Hafizullah was also present on the occasion. The news

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