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By Our Staff Reporter | 9/17/2015 12:00:00 AM
KARACHI: Sindh Senior Minister for information and education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro has taken serious notice of the increase in school fees of private schools.

Besides issuing notices to them, he has also convened a meeting of the Private School Management Association (PSMA) and plans to prepare a mechanism to check the increase in school fee.

The meeting will also review the existing laws that govern the registration of private schools, it was learnt.

The minister warned that the fee hike will not be tolerated, while responding to questions put by media persons at a cultural programme for deaf and dumb students where Mr Khuhro was the chief guest.

Referring to claims made by the owners of private schools that the rise in fees is the result of increasing taxes, Mr Khuhro said the PSMA would not be allowed to collect money from the parents on this pretext.

A comprehensive strategy will be formulated to ensure better monitoring of private schools, he added.

Mr Khuhro also did not approve of private schools compelling parents to deposit four-month school fees in advance and said all these issues would be discussedwith representatives of private schools at the meeting summoned for Thursday.

Collection of hides Responding to a question about the collection of hides of sacrificial animals, the minister said no political party or banned outfit would be allowed to collect the hides during the three days of Eidul Azha.

Only welfare organisations with prior permission from the government in accordance with the code of conduct will be allowed to do so.

He said a committee comprising the Karachi commissioner and the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation administrator has been formed to prepare the code of conduct for the collection of hides.

In response to another question, Mr Khuhro said the Rangers have been given powers to check the menace of terrorism, extortion and kidnapping for ransom only and as such they have no other obligation.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has also explained their parameters.

The minister criticised the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan who he said has always been against the democratic system and has been conspiring against democratic institutions by creating controversies.with representatives of private schools at the meeting summoned for Thursday.

Collection of hides Responding to a question about the collection of hides of sacrificial animals, the minister said no political party or banned outfit would be allowed to collect the hides during the three days of Eidul Azha.

Only welfare organisations with prior permission from the government in accordance with the code of conduct will be allowed to do so.

He said a committee comprising the Karachi commissioner and the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation administrator has been formed to prepare the code of conduct for the collection of hides.

In response to another question, Mr Khuhro said the Rangers have been given powers to check the menace of terrorism, extortion and kidnapping for ransom only and as such they have no other obligation.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has also explained their parameters.

The minister criticised the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan who he said has always been against the democratic system and has been conspiring against democratic institutions by creating controversies.
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