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Hike in school fee unjust, says commissioner Karachi

KARACHI: Commissioner of Karachi, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that imposition of tax can not be accepted as a reason for raise in the monthly tuition fees or other relevant charges by private schools. Chairing a meeting also attended by Director General, Private Schools – Education Department besides representatives of private schools’ management and other...

SAMAA | - Posted: Sep 11, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Sep 11, 2015 | Last Updated: 6 years ago

KARACHI: Commissioner of Karachi, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said that imposition of tax can not be accepted as a reason for raise in the monthly tuition fees or other relevant charges by private schools.

Chairing a meeting also attended by Director General, Private Schools - Education Department besides representatives of private schools' management and other concerned officials, he said any arbitrary decision by any school management is not justifiable.

"As per rules and regulations government permission prior to any raise has to be ensured," he said mentioning that government or administration too can only consider any such proposition after taking on board all the concerned stake holders, mainly the parents.

Representatives of Generation and Happy Homes School, included among concerned educational institutions in the metropolis, said the decision was due to imposition of hefty charges on them by Board of Revenue, Sindh.

PARENTS PROTEST SCHOOL KHI PKG 10-09

Commissioner assuring them that their concern would be communicated to the relevant authorities said this, however, can not be any excuse to pass-on the burden to the parents.

The D.G. Education Department (Private Schools), Mansoob Ali Siddiqui said parents of students enrolled with Generation and Happy Schools, had approached his office with the complaint of sudden and unprecedented increase in the school fees charged on monthly basis.

Parents, he said had also resorted to protest and staged rallies in different parts of Karachi.

Siddiqui assured the meeting that urgent steps would be taken to activate Parents - Teachers Association besides regular inspection by the department to ensure that relevant regulations are duly implemented.

This, he said is to ensure that genuine interests of none of the stake holder may be hurt, that too without any compromise on rule of law.

Students and children are our top most priority and no single body can be allowed to hamper their well being or future, said Siddiqui. - APP
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