Heavy security charges for students safety

Burden of security charges for the protection of students
Lahore, Oct 29: Despite government's claims not to burden the students with security cost of their educational institutions, parents in the City are still ill at ease as no clear explanation has been given by the schools management in this regard.

When contacted, parents of students of elite private schools in the City expressed their apprehensions that apparently no notification or decision has been taken by the schools management fearing the burden of security cost would ultimately be shifted to the students. Seeking anonymity, a government official whose children study in a top ranking private school in the City told this scribe that they were already paying heavy fee for the education of their children and the addition of security charges for the protection of schools and students would not be affordable for them. He cited the general view of the students and the parents that sooner or later the security cost would be shifted to them.

A mother of two students of another private institution said it was not possible that schools management would exonerate them from the financial burden incurring on the security cost of the schools as the students are charged even for a ordinary stationary item. She was worried that the extra cost would be unbearable for her family owing to their limited financial sources.

Yet another mother of a student, a schoolteacher, said it was quite possible that schools would charge security charges in the next term. The government had not allowed the institutions to charge the security expenses, yet the students would be burdened for a long period, she added.

A father of the school going children admitted the importance of security outside and inside the academic institutions given the terror situation in the country, however, he demanded of the government to provide adequate security to the students as was being provided to the politicians, bureaucrats and others at their houses and offices. He wanted the government to pass strict direction to the private schools not to charge the security cost from the students.

It is pertinent to add that a number of private schools in the City are in the process of beefing up security by way of raising boundary walls and placing concrete blocks, barricades, barbed wires on the walls. Besides other protective measures including scanners, detectors and additional security force outside the institution are also being taken that costs lakhs of rupees.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government has clarified that the commissioner Lahore has called a meeting of owners of private schools and other stakeholders to look into the allegations leveled by certain parents wherein they had expressed their concerns that private schools would shift the financial burden of security measures to the parents. He said during meeting major owners of the private schools claimed that no such notice was issued so far to collect charges against provision of security in the schools. The additional secretary education (schools) also denied all the allegations leveled by the parents. The nation

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No compromise on educational institutions security
Lahore: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the security of educational institutions is a collective responsibility and joint strategy will be adopted with the consultation of the administration concerned and Private Schools Association in this regard.

He was talking to a representative delegation of Private Schools Association who called on the CM at the at the Chief Minister's Secretariat, here Wednesday.

Matters regarding security arrangements at educational institutions were discussed in the meeting. Minister for Law Rana Sanaullah Khan, Minister for Education Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, the Inspector General of Police, the Home Secretary, the Secretary Higher Education and the Secretary Schools were also present.

Talking to the delegation, the chief minister said that Pakistan was passing through a critical phase and facing grave challenges of terrorism and militancy.

He said that the whole nation was united against terrorism and the government was utilizing all available resources for the maintenance of law and order and protection of life and property of citizens.

He issued directions to constitute a joint security commission comprising representatives of government and Private Schools Association to adopt a joint strategy with mutual consultation for security arrangements at educational institutions.

He said that Secretary Schools and the Secretary Higher Education would be bound to maintain a close contact with the representatives of Private Schools Association, providing them necessary information about security arrangements.

He said that private educational institutions would depute trained and qualified security guards of security agencies approved by the Punjab government. Refresher courses were, especially, conducted for the training of approved security agencies at Elite Training School, he added. The news

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BISE Lahore issued revised supplementary exams schedule
Lahore: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE), Lahore, has issued revised schedule of Secondary School (Supplementary) Examinations (Practicals) 2009 to be held from November 4 to 6. The practical examination, earlier scheduled to be held from October 21 to 24, was postponed due to security reason. The practical examination of Biology and Computer Science will be held from November 4 to 5, Computer Hardware on November 5 and Art and Model Drawing on November 6 in the already allocated laboratories. All candidates have been sent revised schedule and roll number slips.

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Prize distribution
Lahore: Oriental College of the Punjab University organized an annual sports prize distribution ceremony in the Sherani Hall here at Allama Iqbal (Old) Campus on Wednesday. Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran was the chief guest.

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School headmistress passed away
Lahore: Former Headmistress of Government Cathedral Sacred Heart School and wife of National Director Pakistan Christian National Party Ms Monica Fitzer has passed away. He funeral procession will be held at 1100 hrs on October 30 at Saint Mary's Church near Mini Market, Doongi Ground, Gulberg. The news

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