‘Transport facility to continue at FDE-run institutes’

* Ministry of CAD spokesman says no plan yet to suspend facility * Proposal to acquire Rs 48m funding to be forwarded to Finance Ministry today * Parents perturbed over suspension of FG schools’ bus service
‘Transport facility  to continue at FDE-run institutes’

ISLAMABAD: Transport facility for the students of educational institutions, working under Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), would continue for the students and teachers.
Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) spokesman Rafique Tahir termed the reports published in some sections of the print media regarding suspension of transport facility for students and teachers at institutions from February “misleading”.
He said the authorities had no such plan to discontinue the transport facility at FDE-run educational institutions, which is benefiting a large number of students and teachers.
He informed that the ministry would forward a proposal to acquire funding of Rs 48 million to the Ministry of Finance for approval today (Monday).
He said that only an amount of Rs 10 million would solve the funding issue for the transport facility at the FDE-run institutes and the amount would be distributed among the institutions as per their requirements.
He said that the government had abolished every kind of fee at these institutions to materialise the dream of free education in capital, in line with the implementation of Article 25-A of the constitution.
Meanwhile, the parents of schoolchildren have shown serious concerns over the reported withdrawal of transport facility by the federal government educational institutions.
PASS, an association of parents of schoolchildren, reacted to the reports that students of most of the educational institutions falling under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) would not be able to avail their respective institutions’ bus service from the next month due to shortage of funds, and urged the government to take steps to maintain the facility or restore the earlier policy of receiving fees, as the free education policy would cost the parents heavily.
The parents’ association said that previously the parents were paying Rs 500 per month as bus charges to the school management as transport fee but with the stoppage of bus service, they would have to pay at least Rs 3,000 for private pick and drop facility per student, which would put additional financial burden on the already-economically-pressed parents.
Instead of regulating and improving insufficient transport facility, the government is withdrawing the facility, pushing the parents in state of uncertainty, which needs to be settled at the earliest, the PASS added.
The parents said the move to withdraw the transport facility would not only create hurdle in increasing enrolment of new students, but also hit the already-enrolled students. 

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