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ISLAMABAD: Dozens of private schools operators on Tuesday staged a protest to press the government to take step for promotion of education.
The protesters, who gathered here in front of the National Press Club under the umbrella of Private School Network (PSN) demanded the government put the educational institutions of Islamabad under one ministry for better management as currently education is being dealt by three ministries, which create problems for education promoters.
“Currently, the city’s education affairs are being overseen by the Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, and the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination simultaneously causing confusion among the stakeholders, including educational institutions, said Azal Babur, President PSN.
He said the educational system was in danger due to the overlapping of responsibilities of the relevant ministries.
The protesters said that private school education, which can play an important role in enhancing the literacy rate, has been neglected in Islamabad by CADD, which is mandated to improve the government and private sector education, has failed to bring any change to the private sector.“
Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PIERA) looks after the Islamabad private schools, but it has become almost dysfunctional as it is working without a regular chairman for the last two years,” Dr Babur told Dawn.
“Private education sector should be given due attention,” said Maqbool Hussain Dar, a protester. Another protester Mukarab Shah told Dawn that on Tuesday, government is going to celebrate literary day. “This day should be observed with solid commitment. The time has come to realize the reality that in education sector we are legging behind from other South Asian countries,” he said.
The protesters demanded appointment of a permanent chairman of PEIRA and conduct its audit from 2006-2013.
They said that regulatory authority mandated to control, register and promote private educational institutions in capital is unable to fulfi ll its responsibilities without a permanent chairman since 2013.
The protesting teachers and principals of private schools also said that the Federal Directorate of Education(FDE) oversee 422 educational institutions with around 200,000 students, in Islamabad but unfortunately, there is no functional authority to control and register 2,000 private schools, which are providing education to 3,0000students.
Published in Dawn, September 8th, 2015
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