Students Protest Against Fee Increase Plan
Students of different educational institutions here on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration outside Peshawar Press Club against the federal government’s proposal to increase tuition fee and other charges for overcoming financial crisis being faced by public sector universities.
Activists of Islami Jamiat Talba led the demonstration. The protesting students, holding placards inscribed with slogans against the government’s plan, were also demanding reduction in examination and admission fee being charged by the government-run educational institutions. “If the federal government’s proposal concerning fee increase was implemented people would come onto the streets against the decision,” a student leader Abdul Shakoor warned.
He said that Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh was not aware of the problems being faced by the students of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in case his proposal was implemented thousands of students would have to say goodbye to educational institutions.
Mr Shakoor said that the government had already slashed the education budget which had negatively impacted the performance of education sector in the country.
“We will not allow anyone to close the doors of educational institutions on poor students,” he said. He said that on the one hand the government had been claiming to have planned education for all and on the other the already enrolled students were being forced to leave the institutions.
Mr Shakoor said that students would fully support teachers, who were planning to start demonstrations for release of funds to the public sector universities.