Wednesday, January 28, 2015

No future of charity schools in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Guidelines from private institutions Regulatory Authority (PIRA) with respect to the safety precautions to be taken by the schools put the future of the charity schools in danger.

School administration, which provide free education for disadvantaged children their institutions working on charity and due to funding constraints, unable to follow the guidelines issued by PIRA, they are.

Trained by a message directed PIRA all schools, with two barbed wire to develop not scalable wall at least 8 feet high accordion feet to set up security forces and install closed circuit television (CCTV) and door solution.

The schools were responsible for compliance with the above list, "regardless of the position and scale."

In the PIRA letter warned that schools must obtain a certificate of Unbedenklichkeits (NOC) of the district after they successfully completed so that they open after the winter holidays again all safety regulations. The letter warns that failure to comply with the guidelines lead to cancellation of the registration.

Owner charity schools say it is almost impossible to elaborate security precautions they should do to take.

Jannat-ul-Firdous, who runs a charity school near Satra Meel Bhara Kahu said: "My school provides free education to 260 students and extends the support of family and friends Now I wonder, a security guard hire and other costly security measures. . It is simply ridiculous, "she said.

"The government discourage me and force me to close this school," she said.

How Jannat-ul-Firdous, Zeba Hussain, head Mashal model school in Bari Imam, free education provides street children said that the Directive PIRA no sense. "I have devoted my life to education to street children. The school has 500 children who do not pay fees. I take no funds for security measures in accordance with the directive of the Provisional IRA. Schools such as the needs of our freed" she said.

Ms Hussain said that if necessary, should the police forces to protect the school.

Tughral Yamin, a retired brigadier general who is the school of charity in Mehrabadi heads also concerned since receipt of the letter of Pira.

"My wife and I run a charity school in Mehrabadi is Islamabad a wealth of shantytowns and slums today. Our goal is to educate poor children in the region in order to fall against crime victim or prevent terrorism, or both. the Directive PIRA is very discouraging for us, "he said.

Brigadier Yamin said in view of the attack on a school in Peshawar December 16 is significantly the underlying spirit of strengthening security in private schools. However, the requirements of a school as those laid her, no regular funding from governmental or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are out of their reach and make impracticable.

He said the letter from PIRA has the impression that the government abandon their main function is to ensure the safety of citizens and thus private schools, especially those who do not run a business for themselves.

"The letter is anything but reassuring. We were told in no uncertain terms that the security is our responsibility. We have not the means to the safety notes PIRA want to commit and now it's yet another bureaucratic hurdle against -get a notice be removed on compliance to operate after the winter vacation, and our registration. We're in trouble. "He said.

In an interview with the dawn, Dr. Afzal Babur, the president of the private schools network, by the letter PIRA administrators Charity schools had discouraged.

He said all these schools should be excluded and the government should come forward and to the safety of these schools.

"There are about 40 of these schools in Islamabad. These schools offer a public service and do what the government did in the first place," he said.

When contacted, Imtiaz Qureshi, President PIRA defended the letter.

He said that because of security risks, would no school shall not operate without adequate security measures. On the question of how a charity school setting security doors and buy expensive equipment could afford, he said, "profit schools are funded by NGOs, so that it should not be a problem for them. However, would allow cases of schools that have no income checks be, "he said.