Stance: Awan says PPP to resist privatisation

Published: December 12, 2010
Awan said the provincial government wants to loot 26 top educational institutions of the province by establishing a board of governors.

Awan said the provincial government wants to loot 26 top educational institutions of the province by establishing a board of governors.

Federal Minister for Law Dr Babar Awan said on Saturday that the Pakistan Peoples Party would not allow the privatisation of public colleges in Punjab. He said that the PPP would extend full support to teachers and students in their movement against the formation of autonomous boards of governors in schools and colleges.

He was addressing a press conference at the residence of Haji Azizur Rehman Chan on Saturday.

Several leaders of teachers’ and students’ unions were present on the occasion.

Awan said police officials involved in beating of students and teachers protesting in front of the Punjab Assembly should be prosecuted. He also suggested the provincial government to hold student unions elections and offered his ministry’s assistance in case it was needed.

Awan accused the provincial government of launching Ashiana Housing Scheme for low-income people to benefit five property dealers. He vowed to disclose their names very soon.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 12th, 2010.

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  • Nadeem Ahmed
    Dec 11, 2010 - 6:48PM

    The PPP’s reply to PML(N). You oppose RGST, we oppose educational reforms. At the end of day, both will compromise in the best interest of country and people will be cursing themselves for electing these bunch of hypocrats.Recommend

  • majid maqsood
    Dec 11, 2010 - 7:06PM

    well done awan!Recommend

  • Prof Manzoor Awan
    Dec 11, 2010 - 7:29PM

    With such utterances, Mr Babar Awan is doing a service to Sharif brothers, and at the same time further alienating people from PPP. Saner elements in his party need to act. I have no political affiliation, and this suggestion is in the greater benefit of the country.Recommend

  • Mohammad naeem
    Dec 11, 2010 - 8:45PM

    No privatization and commercialization of educational instgtutes acptableRecommend

  • Dec 11, 2010 - 8:49PM

    PPP “can not” allow privatization of college or any other organisation for that matter… due to its ideology. Recommend

  • Ammar
    Dec 11, 2010 - 9:36PM

    Well said Babar Awan. Those who support large-scale privatization are completely out of touch with the problems of the average student in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Farhan
    Dec 11, 2010 - 10:11PM

    They are not privatizing colleges. They are only restructuringRecommend

  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Dec 11, 2010 - 10:59PM

    No one is privatizing. Understand that BOG is meant to bring management closer to the stakeholders and I am sure will have representation from all parties including the teachers. BOG’s type bodies exist in the best educational institutions of the world.

    For God’s sake do not politicize a perfectly sensible move for growth of educational institutions in the country. Recommend

  • Dec 12, 2010 - 12:40AM

    Though the political opportunism is pretty obvious, the possible privatization of educational institutions is completely unacceptable! Recommend

  • Ch Allah Daad
    Dec 12, 2010 - 1:21AM

    First PPP government destroyed educational institutes through nationalsation policy and when someone has stood against the tide and wanted to fix the system, PPP is once again erecting hurdles in his path.Recommend

  • Anjum H
    Dec 12, 2010 - 1:45AM

    Fine don’t privatize them but fix the damn thing so that they provide quality education.

    The debate the ppp and pmln are engaging in is totally wrong. It should not be about who owns the Ed insitition but rather what quality of Ed will it provide…Recommend

  • jbutt
    Dec 12, 2010 - 4:29AM

    PPP has ruined education in the past by nationalizing schools & colleges.

    Its in the best interest of this feudal party to keep the masses uneducated.

    Someone ask these peoplist leaders why don’t they send their own kids to govt schools?Recommend

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