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Changes in PakTurk institutes: Parents, teachers seek sympathetic solution

Changes in PakTurk institutes: Parents, teachers seek sympathetic solution

LAHORE: Withdrawal of faculty from PakTurk institutes and change of management at a time when new academic year is about to commence will not only adversely affect the standard of education but also have negative impact on students’ educational development.

“We appeal to the government not to stake the future of some 11,000 students of PakTurk schools and colleges,” said Saima Ilyas, the representative of the Parents Teachers Association of the PakTurk International Schools and Colleges, Lahore, at a news conference on Saturday.

For the last 21 years or so, PakTurk institutes had been imparting modern and quality scientific and ethical education to students in Pakistan. "The fact can be judged from the appreciation and excellence students of these institutes had been receiving at national and international level. Students of these institutes have won 274 or so medals in national and international Olympiads so far."

"Only this year, top position in A level examinations in accounts in the world while top position in Pakistan in economics was bagged by PakTurk students. Top positions in both FSc (Part 1) pre-medical and pre-engineering groups’ examinations of Lahore BISE were also secured by PakTurk students," said Ms Ilyas.

Another representative, Qadeer Hussain Khan said all the PakTurk institutes in the country were being run by a local foundation, duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, with 1,200 Pakistani and 134 Turkish personnel. Neither the foundation nor any of institutes being run by it has ever taken any financial assistance from Pakistan or Turkey government.

“We had been and we would abide by laws of Pakistan. The schools have accomplished prestige solely by utilising local resources. Many of the parents have been ardent supporter of the efforts for raising donations for development of these educational institutes.

“The association is unable to understand and accept the transfer of the schools from one local foundation to another. We are also perturbed by the clear probability that in case the schools are handed over to such a controversial entity, the students will face uncalled for ideology and their emotional and intellectual health will be taxed,” said Mr Khan.

Yet another representative of the association, Asad Malik said his two sons completed their studies from the PakTurk school. “My elder son is pursuing an engineering degree in a prestigious university of the USA on scholarship. Like other parents, I am extremely disturbed by attempts of certain segments to impute political and even terroristic linkages with the schools. It is stigmatising our children as students of the schools and ourselves as parents. Ever since our association with the schools, we have not witnessed any negative or objectionable activity or incident in and outside our schools,” he said.

Published in Dawn, August 7th, 2016

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