PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s government on Friday ruled out the possibility of privatizing public-sector colleges in the province and said some elements were trying to mislead teachers and students on the matter.
Speaking on a motion to adjourn the provincial assembly, Special Assistant to Chief Higher Education Minister Kamran Khan Bangash said Jahanzeb College Principal Saidu Sharif (Swat) shared a proposal concerning the granting of the status of diploma to his teacher. institution.
He said that a notification issued by the relevant department had been misinterpreted and that there were elements that tried to politicize the issue.
“The Department of Higher Education issued a notification to form a committee for the preparation of a bill to grant the status of a degree granting institute to Jahanzeb Postgraduate College Swat on the guidance of Chief Minister Mahmood Khan, who is also from the district, “he said.
Bangash tells PA notification was misinterpreted, with some evidence politicizing issue
Mr Bangash said the higher education department has decided that the current fee structure and employment status will not be changed in the event that the institution is granted degree status in addition to the director and top performing teachers.
âThere is no plan under consideration to privatize any college or institute in the province. It is our responsibility to discourage those who lead teachers and students astray, âhe said.
The special assistant said the province has 303 university colleges, while 40 will either be created or upgraded in the current fiscal year.
He also said the government planned to transform some colleges into specialized colleges, including seven law colleges.
Mr Bangash said the current rules and regulations governing the province’s public sector colleges are outdated, as principals do not even have the authority to build a single room.
“Now the government wants to hold managers accountable and involve community leaders as well as public representatives in the decision-making process,” he said.
The assistant to the chief minister said that 30 colleges, which were functioning well, would receive a grant of 600 million rupees each year and that principals would be allowed to carry out work on the campus.
He said colleges with “average performance” would receive a grant of Rs 1 billion per year, while “top performing” principals and teachers would be appointed to lower performing colleges.
Mr Bangash said some colleges spend 1.4 million rupees on a student each year but perform poorly and the government is committed to improving that.
He said 1,900 lecturers were hired through the KP Civil Service Commission at an annual cost of Rs 620 million.
The special assistant said 209 lecturers were being recruited for government colleges in the amalgamated tribal districts to address teacher shortages. He added that the government had allocated 2 billion rupees in the current budget to universities in the public sector.
Mr Bangash said business colleges will be converted into specialized educational institutions.
He informed the house that the Federal Ministry of Education had been approached to establish the National College of Arts sub-campus in Peshawar and that the provincial government would provide the land and other resources needed for this purpose.
Akhtiar Wali of the opposition PML-N, who tabled the adjournment motion, said there was speculation about the privatization of public sector colleges on the model of hospitals, which were run by the boards of administration of medical education institutions.
He said the MTI system had deprived people of free care in hospitals and similarly the proposed privatization of colleges would deprive the poor of the right to higher education.
âTeachers and students have staged protests in Abbottabad, Mardan, Peshawar and other parts of the province against the plans,â he said.
Mr Wali claimed that after the formation of the BoG, Islamia College Peshawar was unable to pay the salaries of its staff members during the coronavirus pandemic.
He said the opposition will not allow the government to privatize its colleges and universities in the province.
The house passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Factories Bill of 2021 (Amendment). Lawmakers also highlighted the damage caused by recent torrential rains and flash floods to public life and property in different districts of the province and called on the government to compensate affected families. .
President Mushtaq Ahmad Ghani said recent rains had damaged homes in the city of Abbottabad on a large scale, but affected families had yet to be compensated.
Posted in Dawn, le 18 September 2021