The school called 'Reflections' situated at Phase VIII, DH near Korangi Creek
Karachi, Jan 05: A private school has, supposedly sent out a pledge form to all the parents of its students, asking them for donations to construct the school's main campus, it was learnt.
The school called 'Reflections' situated at Phase VIII, DH near Korangi Creek, is now considered as one of the finest schools in the city.
Although there is no pressure on parents to donate for the building by the Reflections' administration, some families whose children are getting education there have expressed fear that parents participating in the fund-raising will get special attention.
The administration has also printed the estimated amount that will be required to construct the different sections of the school. The amount is not mentioned in rupees alone but in fact is also mentioned in dollars to facilitate the parents who are abroad.
The grandfather of one of the students in Reflections, on the condition of anonymity said that earlier Reflections' campus was near Shireen Jinnah Colony, Clifton. "Later they shifted the building to Korangi Creek probably because they got a large piece of land for the new building," he said and added that the pledge form has been distributed among all the parents.
He was of the view that the school's administration should adopt a clear policy for getting funds or donations from parents and that they should not give special attention to donating parents in the future.
It may be mentioned here that the funds that will be raised through the pledge form will be for the construction of the building only and not for managing or running the school's affairs. When we approached Reflections' administration for their response, Reflections Business Manager Faisal Abubakar said that the school was a non-profit institution working under a registered trust.
He also went on to say that, "Our accounts are transparent and are audited by respected chartered accountants. Our objective is to build an exemplary education institution that provides a balanced education which includes the highest academic standards, emphasis on Islamic morals and conduct and the physical development of children through sports."
Abubakar emphasised that only a small number of the total donors were parents at Reflections.
"Other private institutions are also built using donations. There is nothing wrong about the process as long as it remains transparent and is not linked to student evaluations," Abubakar said.
He said that a group of parents held a dinner last year where other parents were invited. There it was decided that all parents should donate for the cause. There was no compulsion and this decision was taken independently by the parents without pressure from the school's administration or the trust. Daily TimesYour Comments
KU, NED holiday today
Karachi: The University of Karachi will remain closed on February 5 on account of the Kashmir Solidarity Day.
An announcement to this effect was made on Wednesday by the registrar of the University of Karachi.
The NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi will also remain closed on Thursday, according to an announcement. App
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500 schools not functioning in Dadu, says survey
Dadu: As many as 500 primary schools remain closed and 2,000 ghost teachers regularly receive salary in Dadu district, according to a survey.
The survey was conducted by officials of the district revenue department under the supervision of an inspection team constituted by the Sindh chief minister. The survey was ordered in response to the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari to the Sindh chief minister regarding closed schools in Sindh.
The survey report said that most of the closed schools situated in far-flung areas were being used as Otaqs (guest houses) by influential landlords.
The report said that 500 schools remained closed in Dadu district, of them 118 in Dadu taluka, 109 in Khairpur Nathan Shah, 94 in Mehar and 179 in Johi taluka.
However, contradicting the findings of the survey, EDO (education) Sajan Mallah has rejected the report. He claimed that the revenue team had visited many schools after teaching hours and those schools were listed as closed schools. He said that teachers did not attend classes at many schools and the team had included such schools in the list of closed schools.
Quoting the findings of a similar report compiled by the education department, he said that only 162 schools remained closed in Dadu district, of them 100 ghost schools were situated in Kachho.
The EDO said that he had not received the report of the revenue officials as yet, but he would follow the report of revenue officials and would take action against education department's officials.
He said that salaries of 200 teachers, belonging to NGOs and social welfare organisations and not performing duty, had been stopped.
He said that he had received reports about some teachers doing double jobs, and warned that such teachers would be removed from service.
He said that School Management Committee funds at the rate of Rs210 per student had been released by the Asian Development Bank for repair and purchase of furniture for schools in district. Dawn
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