Inquiry sought into tactics to extort money from primary students

RATODERO: District Officers of education department Larkana have created new method of extorting money from the students enrolled in all the schools of the district in the name of treatment of HIV/AIDS persons for which they have asked all the principals and head masters to collect Rs5 from each primary student and Rs10 from every student of high & higher secondary schools across the district.

Each teacher will have to give Rs100 for the same purpose for which no official letter has been issued and all directions have been given telephonically to SDEOs, Principals and Head Masters. In this connection, girl students of Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Naundero, complained to reporters that they have been forced to pay the amount then and their out of their pocket money or else return free books given to them by the government.

The villagers of Phulpota, near here, and the parents of the students sent SMS to the Journalists that SDEO (Female), Ratodero, came to girls primary school and directed the headmistress to collect Rs5 from each enrolled student and Rs100 from each teacher drawing salary from the school and hand over the same to her for further paying to the Director, Education, Larkana.

They further said that all this is being done in the name of HIV/AIDS patients and added that no official letter has been given for this purpose due to which they presume that this all is illegal and amount to extortion from the poor student.

One senior Head Master posted Garhi Khuda Bux told PPI on condition of not disclosing his name for fear of disciplinary action that the news and the complaint of the students & their parents is 100% correct and this amounts to grabbing money in the name of unfounded thing which is not the job of students or the District Officers for which they should be taken to task. A Principal of girls’ school also confirmed that they have collected the amount from the students & teachers and handed over to the District Officer.

The poor parents have demanded of the Sindh Senior Minister for Education, Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, to order a thorough enquiry against the relevant officers for their criminal involvement in the matter and order registration of cases against those found guilty.

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