An event titled “Our education Needs” was held in Islamabad that was organized by Islamabad Education Forum. It was attended by educationists, teachers, parents, lawyers and many other eminent members of the civil society. The important issue discussed was how the educational sector has been widely ignored by all former governments of Pakistan when they were all responsible for granting free of cost education to children as per the constitutional responsibility.
It was then that the private sector took this responsibility and came forward with quality education and now many parents are inclined towards admitting their children in these schools. Reason being very simple, government schools lack the education quality and facilities that are a student’s right. Whereas private schools are paying full attention on their standards and quality of education imparted. They update their syllabus yearly while the government schools are teaching the same old curriculum since ages.
According to an educationist in the event, both the government and private schools work on the same policies and quality of education abroad whereas it is not the case in Pakistan where greater number of students go to private schools and not the government ones due to their low standards of imparting education and lagging behind the modern day techniques. Private schools can be crowned for taking over the reins and improving the literacy rate in Pakistan.
About the supreme court directives for 20 percent reduction in tuition fee of all such private schools who are charging more than Rs 5000 per month, a representative of a private schools spoke up saying that they are paying taxes to the government while the fee is the only source of their income.
Further arguing about it he mentioned that to meet all kind of their expenses while providing quality education too, small classes and air-conditioned classrooms would be difficult in less fees. According to him, our government treats schools like any other business. He claimed that around fifty five per cent of tuition fee income in private schools goes into staff salaries.
One more important point discussed was by a member of the teachers representative association, who said that it is important to keep a check and balance specially for those parents who opt for elite schools. Their tax payments should be monitored. A policy should be shaped for that and the non-tax payers should be held accountable.
Other issues discussed were the implementation of one educational system across the country, cutting off on extra fees that schools demand in other ways, raising govt. schools standards etc.