Query on increasing private schools tuition fee
CS query on tuition fee hike remains unanswered
Karachi, Sep 26: No official reply has been given yet to a letter sent a couple of weeks
ago to the education secretary by Sindh Chief Secretary (CS) Fazlur
Rehman, nor has a satisfactory response been provided for a question
raised in the Sindh Assembly by MPA Marvi Rashidi.
asked the education secretary to explain the policy under which private
schools have been increasing tuition fees frequently. One of the
reasons for the lack of response to this letter was said to be the
illness of Education Secretary Rizwan Memon. He was in the hospital for
a few days and in his absence, other people in the department
reportedly did not pay attention to the CS' letter.
The CS had
issued the letter on the basis of a complaint submitted at his office.
Rehman directed the education department to file a report within a week
regarding the increase in school fees, as well as numerous other
charges, including late payment and fines, being levied by private
schools. He also called for a clarification regarding the role of the
Directorate of Private Schools.
Directorate of Private
Institutions Sindh (DPIS) Director Mansoob Siddiqui said that he had no
power to stop schools from increasing fees frequently. "The law binds
us in this regard and we cannot take action against schools. The law,
which clearly states that a registering authority cannot interfere with
the fee structure of any institute, is the main obstacle," he said.
"However, the schools are bound and they cannot increase fees during
the course of any academic year."
He said that when,
acting on the reports of fee increments, the DPIS raids schools
especially in posh areas of the city and warns the administration,
instead of getting support from parents, the DPIS staff face stiff
resistance from them.
"Parents come to the DPIS office and tell
us that the DPIS does not need to take action against these schools if
the parents themselves do not have any problems in paying more money to
them," Siddiqui said. He, however, did not name any institutions where
such incidents had occurred in the past.
authorities concerned have also failed to answer a most urgent question
raised in the Sindh Assembly, regarding the number of registered and
unregistered private institutes. In question no.982, MPA Marvi Rashidi
had also asked for the list of registered schools, the list of
registration files which are being processed, as well as the list of
complaints received during the academic year.
facts and figures the authorities referred the questions to other
departments. The education secretary sent it to the DPIS, which sent it
to the Executive District Officer (EDO) Education and sought a reply
In his turn, the EDO education forwarded it to his
staff, who told the DPIS that since 2005, the provincial government was
the authority to register private institutes and secondly, a person who
was responsible for compiling this data was working on ‘detailment' at
They said that Khursid Alam was doing the job for the
department but was now on detailment. Alam had past records and
authorities should approach him in this regard, they added. The news
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LUMHS establishes centre for keyhole surgery
Hyderabad: The vice-chancellor of the Liaquat University of
Medical and Health Sciences Prof Dr Noshad A. Shaikh has said the
university has established a centre at a cost of Rs98 million to carry
out laparoscopic surgeries and train surgeons in the latest techniques.
The centre for which 65 per cent funds were generated from the
university's own resources and the rest were borne by the Higher
Education Commission (HEC) would be inaugurated by the HEC chairman
Javed Leghari on Saturday.
The centre has not yet been made
functional as its outpatient department still needs final touches while
operation theatres have been readies for conducting surgeries of
gynaecology, paediatrics, urology and general surgeries.
VC said that master trainers were available in the university to train
junior doctors from interior of the province in return for nominal fee.
"Such centre doesn't even exist in Karachi," Mr Shaikh claimed.
He said that the doctors who had received training from the UK and
Singapore had returned to the university to impart training to their
He said that it was a state-of-the- art
training centre where doctors would learn about laparoscopic surgeries
(keyhole surgery) and hands-on training would be conducted with the
help of the most sophisticated simulator (dummy patient).
said that the centre would be sterilised for a week and then it would
be opened for patients who would not have to pay much for surgeries.
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Health education top priorities of the government
Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has said that
poverty alleviation, health and education are the top priorities of the
government, adding that the education budget was increased by 58 per
cent and health allocations by 180 per cent last year.
poverty alleviation more than 40,000 unemployed youths were provided
jobs in government departments on merit and 41,000 men and women were
trained in various trades, enabling them to earn their livelihoods, he
The chief minister counted government achievements in
the three sectors during the last one year, while talking to
participants of the 91st batch of the National Management Course at the
Chief Minister's House on Friday.
He said the newly inducted
youths included 18,000 teachers whose services were hired on a merit
basis and in a transparent manner. He said provision of standard
education and health facilities would expedite the process of overall
Mr Shah said that girls who are the neglected
segment of a rural society were being provided a monthly stipend of
Rs2,400 to Rs4,000 in the interior parts of Sindh to encourage them to
pursue studies. He said the government was laying emphasis on the
promotion of quality education, especially at the primary level. Dawn
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Need stressed to promote book reading culture
Karachi: City Naib Nazim Karachi Nasreen Jalil has said three is dire
need to promote book culture at all levels, adding nations ignoring
education would lag behind in the race of development.
books are very good companions of human being.
leave a lasting impact on their lives, which also reflect their
personality. People who love books crease a healthy society, Jalil
City Naib Nazim expressed these views while addressing the
concluding session of 23rd annual book fair, organized jointly by
Bazm-e-Adab Faroog-o-Fun and Farid Publishers.
She felicitated Syed
Farid Hussain of Faird Publishers and applauded his endeavours for
holding 23rd annual book fair.
She said we should encourage such
institutions and people who are striving for promoting of literature
"We have to pay special heed towards establishing
libraries and making them functional", she said.
book fair was held from 1st Ramadan to 29th Ramazan in which various
publishers of the country displayed their books for sale on discounted
Leader treasury benches in City Council Asif Siddiqui,
President Karachi Press Club Imtiaz Khan Faran, artist Ayaz Khan, poet
Nasir Anjum were also present. The nation
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