Most issues facing new admission seekers resolved

CADD minister’s office received applications


Our Correspondent May 16, 2018
PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: Following a threat of strict action, enrollment in government-run schools in the federal capital has witnessed a boost with the vast majority of the issues resolved.

After learning that residents of the city were facing difficulties in registering their children afresh for the 2018-19 session in government schools, Federal Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry formed a committee to resolve the issues.

Moreover, Dr Chaudhry’s office started receiving admission applications, helping resolve 90 per cent of issues.

Sources said principals of model colleges in educational institutions, run by CADD’s Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), were threatened with strict legal actions for not accepting admissions.

At least one principal was reportedly removed from the post, their services being rendered as “on special duty” (OSD). Having sent a strong message and followed up with the threat, principals started accepting admissions and ‘resolved’ 90 per cent of the issues. Now, heads of institutions have directed children seeking admission to bring a letter from the CADD minister’s office to get admission.

Meanwhile, parents have urged the chief justice of Pakistan to enforce better quality of education, curriculum, and an equal system while notice should also be taken to end the curse of tuition centres to protect parents from the clutches of the ‘academy mafia’.

In the letter written to the Chief Justice, a copy of which is available with Daily Express, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar was urged to take suo motu notice so that every child can get admission in a school or college easily. Moreover, it urged that government teachers should be banned from teaching in academies so that they focus on their performance in schools.

It added that academies and private schools have now turned into a business and that the system of school and college should be declared as mandatory while new educational institutions should be completed on an urgent basis so that slogan of “education for everyone” can turn into reality.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 16th, 2018.

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