The decision of the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) to stop receiving all kinds of fees and charges from students has put the students of federal government educational institutions in trouble.
The students of most of the federal government educational institutions falling under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) would not be able to avail their respective institutions’ bus service from the next month due to shortage of funds.
The students at various schools and colleges have been told by the managements to make their own transport arrangements, as they have no money for fuel of buses and they cannot continue the facility from first of February.
Similarly, a large number of temporary academic staff who have been teaching in schools and colleges for the last several years are also likely to be relieved from the next month as the managements would have no money to pay their monthly salaries from the students fund.
The parents of a number of students of different institutions who approached this correspondent said that they have been conveyed in categorical words that their children would not be able to avail bus service from the next month. “Previously we were paying Rs500 per month as bus charges to the school management as transport fee and now with the stoppage of bus service, we will have to pay at least Rs3000 for private pick and drop facility,” father of a student told ‘The News’.
The principal of a model college, who also requested not to be named, admitted that they would stop the bus service if they are not allowed to charge transport fee from students or funds are not provided by the government.
He said that in future they would also be facing problems even to carry out minor maintenance and repair of the college building.
An official of the Ministry of CAD, however, said that the decision taken about two months back was in the light of an Article of the 18th Amendment in the constitution. The Article says that no charges or fees would be collected from the students, which could create hurdle in easy access to the education.
However, it seems that the officials of the Ministry of CAD while taking the decision failed to take the heads and management of the educational institutions into confidence. “As the parents themselves are ready to pay the transport fee then there is no question of any hurdle in the way of getting education for the students,” another parent said.
The official of the Ministry of CAD further said they have requested the Ministry of Finance of to re-appropriate Rs30 million for the next four months to meet shortage of funds created due to the decision to stop receiving all kinds of charges and fee from students.The news.