LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General Amirul Azeem accused the Punjab government’s anti-education policy of bringing the entire provincial education system to the point of disaster.
In a statement on Saturday, he urged the chief minister of Punjab and top officials of the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) to stop playing with the education system to save the future of millions of students in the province.
He said educational institutions related to DTP served the needs of around 60 percent of students in the province. However, he said, the government’s attitude had brought about 7,000 schools related to PEF to the point of closure. Admission to these schools has been banned.
Students from these schools were denied educational scholarships and HEC funds.
JI leaders accused of corruption in the PEF have made the miserable situation of affiliated schools and schools lose their constitutional rights.
Amirul Azeem said that around 300,000 students of these DTP schools were awaiting admission while admission had been banned in an unlawful manner.
There are 2.6 million students in the PEF secondary education system and more than 300,000 of them are not funded. He alleged that these students were now found to be fake and the funds intended for them were transferred to the Insaaf Student Foundation.
He demanded that the authority to register private schools be withdrawn from the deputy commissioner and returned to the Ministry of Education.
He called for the withdrawal of cases against DTP partners and teachers who protested their demands. He also called for the payment of PEF contributions before Idul Fitri and cancellation of “unlawful deductions.” He said that the independent status of the DTP must be maintained and the intervention of the minister of education in his affairs was stopped.
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