`More than 62pc private schools unregistered`
RAWALPINDI: More than 62pc private schools have not been registered with District Education Authority in Rawalpindi, as a result the government could not enforce its policies with regard to fee reduction or improving quality of education in these schools.[TOP]
According to a survey conducted by Education Resource Pakistan involving more than 1,000 private schools, only 33pc schools have been registered with the district education authority.
However, 62.66pc schools are yet to be registered while 4.3pc are in the process of being registered with the education authority The survey report pointed out that there was no mechanism that allowed any member of the registration committee of the education department to visit newly opened school to ascertain whether or not it has been registered.
Besides, there is no data about registered and unregistered schools.
The report said that the school owners and managers were not aware of the importance of registration and record keeping.
`Most of the owners feared that the government will impose tax if they get themselves registered with the education authority,` the report said.
Since the schools have not been registered, the government could not check the fee structure of the private schools, quality of education, teachers`salary structure and hygienic conditions, etc.,` it said.
The report suggested to the government to initiate training sessions for the members of the inspection committee.
There should be visit allowance for the education inspectors, awareness campaigns through workshops and seminars, appointment of registration personnel and regular visit to check the registration process of the private institutes, the survey report concluded.