LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday urged the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) to stop sending police teams for sealing the private schools for the recovery of commercialization fees as it is not only hitting hard the government’s Education for all drive but also inculcating fear among young students who would not be able to concentrate on their studies for a long time to come.
The LCCI Vice President Kashif Anwar was talking to a delegation of representatives of the private schools led by the Chairman All Pakistan Education Promotion Movement Fayyaz Khan. Executive Committee Member Mian Zahid Javed was also present on the occasion.
Kashif Anwar also urged the Punjab government to bring down the rate of commercialization fees that has recently been raised even without the consultation of the stakeholders.
The LCCI Vice President said that the government had every right to charge private education institutions on their earnings but the charges should be well within manageable limits so that these schools could continue to impart education to the all segments of the society. He said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry understands that all the businesses that are earning profit should be taxed but the rate of taxes must not be high enough to cost that business.
The LCCI Vice President said that a large segment of the society would not be able to send the children to schools if the private sector schools are closed because the number of government schools much less than the requirements. He said that all those education institution which are charging fees up to Rs 2000 per month should be given some breathing space by cutting down the rate to commercialization fees that is exorbitantly high.
Earlier, the head of the delegation informed the LCCI Vice President that the rate of the commercialization has been raised to the level that some schools are unable to afford it. He said that not all the schools have equal number of students. Some have very thin number of students therefore how they could pay the huge amount. He said that it was very unfortunate that the schools that are charging more than Rs 5000/month have same commercialization fees of those that are charging upto Rs 2000/month.
He said that it was also unjustified to send contingents of police for the recovery of dues therefore this practice should immediately be stopped in the larger interests of the education system in the country.
He said that all over the world, the private education is costlier the only reason is that the private management always hires highly qualified and experienced teachers to produce better results. He said that they wanted of the government to reconsider its decision on commercialization fees to bring it down to manageable levels. He said that there should be different commercialization fees for middle and high schools.