Private schools giving students everything except education

Future of 250,000 students at stake as PEIRA fails in delivering results: Senate body

Zubair Qureshi

More than 250,000 students are enrolled with private schools of the federal capital and the parents have to pay hefty fees and other charges for good results of their kids but all their hopes fade away when they get their children’s progress report at the end of the academic year. This was revealed during a meeting of the Senate’s Standing committee for Cabinet Secretariat here on Tuesday. Senator Talha Mahmood was chairing the meeting that was held at the Parliament House. A large number of parents of private schools students attended the meeting. Role of Private Educational Institution Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) was also discussed during the meeting and it was observed that private schools regulator had failed in its role to upgrade and better the state of private educational institutions. Parents’ body of the private school students complained to the Upper House committee that private schools have turned into drug centres and drug dealers are providing every kind of addictive substance to the young students. A few parents also complained against the private schools’ management for confusing their kids in the name of ‘modernity’.
Senator Talha Mahmood while addressing the PEIRA’s chairman who has also been given ad hoc charge of the Director General of the Federal Director of Education remarked why he was reluctant to move against all such schools as are indifferent towards their students’ moral and psychological degradation. Our public sector schools are already in a shambles and now the private schools too have failed in providing quality education to the students, he said.
The committee’s chairman also directed the Ministry of Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD) to look into the complaints lodged by the aggrieved parents of the private schools students and give a timeframe for their resolution. What has barred the chairman from taking action, he asked. Senator Azam Swati questioned the role of PEIRA in the private sector and urged the authority to adopt a proactive approach.
Chairman PEIRA Hasnat Qureshi who is also given the additional charge of the DG FDE informed the committee that he had conveyed to the private schools to abide by the orders of the of the CADD and the FDE or be prepared for closure of their institutes. “We work under the CADD and have already taken cognizance of the matter,” he said. The committee chairman asked him to let the committee know if the orders/notices are not complied with.
The committee also discussed in detail the Grand Hyatt scam. Senator Kamil Ali Agha was of the view that first of all action should be taken against all those officers and officials of the Capital Development Authority who doled out the precious land and lease permission to the Grand Hyatt tower management.