High Tuition fees of Karachi private schools

Karachi schools arbitrarily raise tuition fees
Karachi, Sep 20: A number of schools in the city, particularly those in the private sector, have increased their tuition fees without getting prior permission from the authorities concerned, The News has learnt.

Different private schools, including Happy Palace Grammar School, which has around 12 citywide branches and few Cambridge sections, Metropolitan with four branches, Lady Bird School which has three branches, Falconhouse Grammar with over a dozen branches, Links with few branches in Clifton, and Mama School system with five branches in Soldier Bazaar have all increased their tuition fees by Rs300 to Rs700 on average.

While parents have been forced to shoulder the burden of increased fees, expensive course books and answering copies, along with other back-to-school paraphernalia, no action has been taken against such schools thus far. Most parents learnt of the tuition fee increase after received a notification of payment of August fees. Prior to this, they had paid fees for the holiday season (June and July) as per the previous schedule.

Talking to The News, affected parents lamented that Directorate of Private Institutions Sindh (DPIS) Director Mansoob Siddiqui has not taken any action against these schools yet. They said that it was the prime responsibility of the DPIS to keep check on the schools and their activities, however, Siddiqui is least bothered in this regard.

Meanwhile, The News has learnt that any school can increase tuition fees by 10 per cent after every three years, but this increment is condition to the permission of DPIS.

According to DPIS policy, a committee is responsible to give permission to the schools to raise their tuition fees. However, while the committee exists, it is completely inactive.

The parents further claimed that DPIS had received handsome amounts from these schools for arranging a ceremony in honour of the position holders of Karachi and Hyderabad Board in August. “These schools paid good amount to please DPIS, and as a reward, they also receive shields for their services in education sector and permission to arbitrarily increase fees,” parents further claimed.

They also said that these schools compelled children to buy books from certain book stores and answering copies from the school. The schools are publishing their own copies with a monogram or mark of the school on the cover page, which they claimed were more expensive as compared to copies available in the market, the parents said.

Some books are also not approved from the education department and this violation is also neglected by the DPIS, they said.

Fees can be increased due to inflation
Karachi: Any school can apply to increase its tuition fees, and school managements reserve the right to repeat this exercise each year owing to the rate of inflation, said Directorate of Private Institutions Sindh (DPIS) Director Mansoob Siddiqui.

“They are not bound to wait for three years,” he said. “According to Section(I) II of Rule 6, the fee structure of an institute shall not be interfered with by the registering authority, but the fee shall not be increased during the course of any academic year,” he explained.

Refuting all allegations of being “funded” by private schools, he said that DPIS had used its own funds to arrange programmes. He claimed that the directorate never takes any money from schools to hold functions, but did not comment about the criteria of distributing awards amongst different schools.

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"i like to inform you regarding tution frr mr kids lern in . AL SAQIB PUBLIC SCHOOL. NAZIM ABAD NO. IV. LSDT YER THEY INCREASE RS. 200 AFTHER STARTED NEW SECTION ( after buying new books and student buy a uniform and start study ) and know in 2010 afther summer holydayes they given notice to increase an other rs. 200 fron ugst 2010 on word. how it is posibale for parents to pay rs. 400 in one year they directer has allowed to get increase tuition fee ? parents are afread to wht they can do / after 5 month of strated sextion they can increase how it is. thanks if u do any thing."
Name: sheikh a rahim
Email: hejabPk@yahoo.com
City, Country: karach

"I would like to bring your attention on the issue of collecting the tuition fee of June and July in advance in the month of Jan-Feb or Feb-Mar. Ministry of Education every year issue a notification that private school are not allowed to take fee in advance. But as government has no writ in any other functional area, same here, Private schools management doesnt notice the government instruction and pressurize the student/children to bring their fee in advance; otherwise students will not be allowed to participate in final examination. The other view of taking advance fee is to make money through interest. In the interest of reader, just calculate. Suppose we have 5000 school in Karachi and every school on average every school have 300 student with average fee of 1000. How much money school are making by taking fee in advance, Rs. 1,500,000,000/- for June and 1,500,000,000/- for July. If calculate markup for 6 month @ 15%, it will come Rs. 112,500,000 for June and Rs. 112,500,000 for July. Wow. Who will help the foolish and innocent Parents, nobody but Pir Mazhar ul Haq and Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui. Schools management give reason that we have to pay salaries to staff. I can bat that there is no school in Karachi pays June or July salary in advance to their teachers and other administration staff. Regards"
Name: Muhammad Shafiq
Email: mshafiqkhan@gmail.com
City, Country:Karachi.

"I would like to bring to the notice of Private Institutions Sindh (DPIS) Director Mr. Mansoob Siddiqui, as he has quoted the section (I)II Rule 6 that a school can not increase their fees in current session, but this is not being followed by Hyderi Public School Karachi, located near the Arts Council, as they have increase the Fee by Rs. 100 in the running session, and have asked the parents to pay the increased fee for June & July, now how can the parents bear this as they are in habit of increasing the fee every year and no one is there to question them, due to the high level of corruption in our country this directorate is also making money and by not looking into these matters. The end is that now we should add DIPS also in the list of most corrupt departments of our country like the Police / Customs / Immigration / and many Government department of Pakistan "They are not bound to wait for three years," he said. "According to Section(I) II of Rule 6, the fee structure of an institute shall not be interfered with by the registering authority, but the fee shall not be increased during the course of any academic year," he explained."
Name: Sartaj M KHanq
Email: sartaj@transbridge.com.pk
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"I have been asked by the management of Nasra Public School to pay annual fee amounting to Rs 2,000/- along with stationary fee for 2011-12. can any one tell me what does it mean by annual fee? regards Shahzad Ahmed"
Name: Shahzad Ahmed
Email: sahmed8595@yahoo.com
City, Country: Karachi

"We have a school in our society Chappal Sun City, school name is The Haracks School they have only 200 students and they are asking for Rs. 40000 for admission and Rs. 6000 monthly in addition Rs. 12000 as a security deposit. wow........."
Name: Asim
Email: asimbaig98@hotmail.com
City, Country: Karachi

"I have my Kidz in a very exceptional school located in Malir. Al-Kamran Public School. I wonder how they are managing such an exceptional school in just Rs.900/ a month. No admission fee, on-line education, multimedia labs. This is what required today. An exceptional school. Please visit and refer,"
Name: Ghufran
Email: martia80@gmail.com
City, Country:Karachi, Pakistan

"I would like to bring in your kind notice that I have been asked by the School management of Sadequain Jauhar Academy, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Karachi to pay Rs.350/= on account of issuance of Mark Sheet and Provisional Certificate of my child who recently passed the S.S.C examination 2012. In this connection your urgent advice is solicited."
Name: Muhammad shariq Mansoor
Email: ms_mansoor58@hotmail.com
City, Country:Karachi

"The Educator School Gulshan-E-Iqbal Branch is also increased 10% every year Plus Annual Charges, Currently, I am Rs: 3300/= PM as a tuition fee, this is too much, and the authority must interfere on this issue and force the school to adhere the Government Policy meant for increasing fee. Regards"
Name: Sohail Mehmood
Email: sohailfba@gmail.com
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"I want to admit my 4 childrens in class 5, 3, kg, montessry, in johar branch which is situated at kDa overseas banglows plz inform me the admission fees and monthly fees schedule.?"
Name: Saima
Email: panhwar.saima@gmail.com
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

"I would like to bring your kind attention to the SMART School safoora Management who increasing the tution fee every year. They started a school in 2013 with Rs.2200/- PM and increased to Rs.3000/- PM in 2014 & now they also increase Rs.500/- per month, they will charge Rs.3500/- per month from April 2015, and also getting june july fees in advance. They have about 600 students in the school. The same school in lahore getting Rs.1800/- per month but in karachi they are charging Rs.3500/- which is almost 50% increase in karachi than other cities. Government & high officials may notice on this business of schools. Thanks?"
Name: Sameer
Email: greenkhi_2014@yahoo.com
City, Country: The smart school, safoora karachi

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Dr Izhar joined SZABIST as its president
Karachi: Dr Izharul Haq has joined Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) as its president. An announcement to this effect was made in a statement by the institution here on Saturday. It said that Dr Izhar brings a rich academic and research experience to SZABIST and to Pakistan.

He had earned his PhD degree in Physics from Cambridge University. His academic career started from the University of London and his last designation was as Dean and Head of Research at New York Institute of Technology. Dr Izhar has published 36 papers in various scientific and research journals of international repute.

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"Congratulations to Dr.Izhar, I hope he will improve the standart of the SZBIST by his experience and wisdom.His presedency will accilerate the smooth running of the institution because this intitute in Sindh is as a fountain in a desert."
Name: Zafar Iqbal
Email: zafar@37.com
City, Country: Tando Allahyar, Pakistan

"Masha Allah What A Record :) Insha Allah Dr. Izhar Will Bring Good Change :D"
Name: Muhammad Jalal Kaiser
Email: al-noor.2006@hotmail.com
City, Country: Rawalpindi, Pakistan

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Educationists stressed need for systemic transformation
Karachi: Educationists in the city are reacting cautiously to the recent announcement by the government in its Education Policy-2009 about increasing the education budget to 7 per cent of the GDP compared to the current 1.5 per cent.

Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology (FUUAST) Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Qaisar welcomed the announcement, saying that it could be a great contribution towards education in the country if it is implemented in its full spirit. “The more we spend on education the better it would be for our education scenario. It depends on whether the money sanctioned for the purpose is used wisely and on education only”, he stressed.

Jinnah University for Women (JUW) Vice-Chancellor Dr Riaz Ahmed Hashmi was very candid about the change. “It is a good announcement and could prove to be a boon for our crumbling education sector. It seems funny to me, however, that our rulers are making such announcements without fixing the different tiers of education properly.

“Our primary education is in tatters. The recent education policy has also envisaged that English will be taught from class one. It is ridiculous. All the educationists and linguists are saying that a child should be taught in his or her mother tongue or the national language. But our political pundits think otherwise,” he said.

Dr Hashmi also pointed out the flaw in the training for the primary teachers. “Unfortunately teachers at this level are mostly incompetent, and they need training before they start working with young minds. There remains a dearth of trained teachers and of individuals who have the right disposition and aptitude for teaching. The primary level is the most important level, as young minds will absorb knowledge and retain it for ever. We have to see if they are getting the right and appropriate knowledge”, he said without mincing his words.

Iqra University Faculty of Social Sciences Dean Dr Ismail Saad said: “It seems very attractive on the surface but it will depend on the capacity of the education managers to utilize the funds judiciously and competently without indulging in corruption. The policy announcements are good but there should be commitment, prudent planning and budgeting in the manner that makes best use of the funds. If all of these things are here the new budget might help otherwise the money will be wasted.”

Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) Vice President Dr Abid Hasnain told The News that the new budgetary increase was ‘revolutionary’. However, he did have some reservations: “It will enhance the literacy rate and might open the gates of a decent and high standard education in Pakistan. Allow me to say that I am not very optimistic that it will happen because our priorities are different. The armed forces devour the largest chunk of our budget and remaining portion is spent on luxury and foreign travel of the rulers. What reaches the education sector is a mere pittance.”

Karachi University (KU) International Relations Department Chairman Dr Moonis Ahmar agreed that the proposal was a good one, but said, “To allocate money is something but the actual use is something entirely different. It depends on how it is used. At this stage, the announcement seems as wishful thinking to me. Our economy has become dependent on the foreign aid. How can we use the funds if it comes to us late and with strings attached?” he mused. The news

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