Punjab educational institutions high tuition fee
High tuition fee in Punjab private colleges
Lahore, Oct 12: Due to rising trends towards higher education among the youth,
the private colleges, institutes and universities are making booming
business from new admissions with inflated tuition fee in the session
Due to restricted seats in public sector colleges and
universities, only one third of the applicants could get admission in
it, while the rest of the students either discard their plans to get
higher education or take admission in the private institutions at
inflated tuition fee which is three times higher than the government
The limited seats and lack of double shifts at a number of
government colleges and universities, the private institutions are
making roaring business from heavy tuition fee, which is beyond the
affordable limit of many students.
The admission ratio in private
schools and colleges during the recent years particularly in the year
2009 has become almost double, as from 20 per cent of students in
private institutions, a few years ago, has now risen
to 40 per cent.
According to educationists, there
are two major reasons behind limited seats at public sector institutes.
it is due to the lack of planning and awareness at the higher level or
it is because of the vested interests of government institutions.
is also ironic that universities hesitate to increase seats in the
affiliated colleges in government sector but easily allow affiliation
to private colleges in demand driven Commerce, Accounting, Medical and
Engineering disciplines without following the proper
According to an estimate, almost same number of students can be
enrolled in the second shift in 430 government colleges as in the
morning shift at Intermediate, BA, BSc and MA, MSc levels but the
second shifts are working only in a few colleges.
is also no recruitment criterion of teachers for the second shift nor
there are any rules and regulation for their remuneration, service
matters and so on. The rationalisation of second shift could greatly
eliminate the sufferings of candidates seeking admission in government
institutions at affordable tuition fee.
The private institutes, in
general education, absorb students after the admissions are closed in
government colleges at intermediate level, graduate level and now in
the engineering and medical colleges respectively.
There are 16
medical colleges in the private sector, which will enrol 15,000 to
20,000 students of FSc, pre-medical, who failed to get admission in the
government medical colleges.
The medical, engineering and
technology colleges in the private sector have opened admission to the
students and the process will be completed towards the end of this
Even the admission for Matriculates in the FSc, new group
of technologies have also started. These FSc, include FSc, Medical
Technology, Physiotherapy, Dental Hygienist, Operation Theatre,
Ophthalmology and Medical Imaging two years programme and BSc in
Physiotherapy, Medical Technology, D Pharmacy, Pharmacy Technician and
Paramedical Diploma courses, B Tech in technology colleges and BCom and
MCom in Commerce and Accounting are also still continuing. The nation
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Controversy over class V, VIII exams deepens
Lahore: The controversy over upcoming primary and middle standard examinations
under the Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) is worsening by the day
as more and more private schools have started raising serious
apprehensions in this regard.
Last month the Punjab School
Education Department had made it compulsory for all the students of
government and private registered schools to appear in class V and VIII
examinations organized by the PEC.
department also notified that from April 1, 2010, government schools
would admit only those students to class VI and IX who have passed PEC
exams at primary and middle standard level.
This very clause
raised many eyebrows among the stakeholders especially students and
their parents. It was also misunderstood by many who feared that
according to this condition, those passing grade V and VIII exams from
private schools but not the PEC would not be able to register for grade
IX and X exams conducted by boards of intermediate & secondary
education (BISEs) in Punjab. Explaining the issue, Secretary Schools
Aslam Kamboh says the students passing grade V and VIII exams from
private schools would not be offered admissions to government schools
in grade VI and IX. However, such students could appear in matric
(Class IX and X) exams from their respective private schools, he adds.
the stakeholders are apprehensive of this condition saying those
studying at private schools seldom switch over to public sector schools
unless forced by extreme financial problems.
They argue that
the bar would only create problems for those who want to switch over
from private schools to public sector schools because of financial
Apart from this, different associations
representing private sector schools are critical of the department for
announcing the PEC exams mandatory for students of private schools.
Both the exams are scheduled to commence in February 2010.
Pakistan Private Schools Welfare Association (APPSWA) has warned to
close down all educational institutions if the government forced to
impose PEC exams as mandatory for students of private sector schools;
whereas, the All Pakistan Private Schools Owners Association (APPSOA)
while terming the decision impractical and unjust has demanded the
government to withdraw the notification.
of private sector schools argue that since different books are on the
syllabi of public and private schools at grade V and VIII levels, it is
impossible for students to be examined on a uniform basis.
of the private schools recommend books of different private publishers
to their students of grade V and VIII while those studying at
government schools in similar grades follow books of the Punjab
Textbook Board, said principal of a private school. "How it is possible
for PEC to examine students on a uniform basis?" he questioned.
Schools Department's claim to implement the "Policy of Grade-V and
Grade-VIII Examinations 2010" to promote a uniform system of
examination has been inviting extreme criticism and people question as
to how it could ensure uniform exams when syllabus followed by private
and public schools was not uniform.
One cannot comprehend how
the PEC would ensure uniformity when syllabi followed by private
schools were not similar either, remarked a concerned citizen Faisal
whose son goes to a leading private school.
are of the view that in order to achieve a uniform system of
examination at primary and middle standard levels like at matriculation
and intermediate levels, the government should address the issue of
They suggest at first the government should ensure
that all the private schools of the province, except those offering
foreign qualifications like O and A levels, teach textbooks of the
Punjab Textbook Board as is the case at matriculation level.
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Queen Mary College to become university
Lahore: Punjab Minister for Education Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman has
announced that Queen Mary College (QMC) would be upgraded to the level
of a university.
Addressing party workers and notables of his
constituency, he said the performance of Queen Mary College and School
in examinations was very commendable. He said that the college would be
upgraded for providing higher education facility to middle class
He said, "There is a dire need to provide students
of middle class higher education at affordable fee, especially in
market oriented discipline".
A student of the school, Atiqa
stood first by getting 999 marks. The result of FSc Pre Medical was
98.8 per cent and students obtained 113 A+ and 77 students achieved A
grade respectively, while result of FSc Pre Engineering remained 96.4
Result of FSc Pre Engineering evening shift and Pre
Medical has been 100 per cent. Ninety-nine per cent result has been
achieved in matric exams while 112 students had secured A+ grade
The minister said that credit of such a good
performance goes to teachers, parents and students collectively.
minister further said the government would practically acknowledge the
services of this college and provide maximum financial grant and
upgradation to this institution.
He said that the Board of
Governors of QMC has allowed enhancing the full fee concession quota
from 2 to 5 per cent and half fee concession quota from 8 to 10 percent
on his suggestion. The news
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