No exam fee be collected from govt school students: CM

KARACHI:November 2: Chief Mini­ster Murad Ali Shah has said the provincial government will bear examination expenses of class IX to XII students enrolled in government schools.

Therefore, no public school or educational board is allowed to collect examination fee from students.

The chief minister issued these directives on Wednesday while taking notice of some media reports that the schools were trying to collect examination fee from students on the ground that the government had not issued directives against it.

He added that he had given clear orders and had approved relevant budget for the purpose. Mr Shah added that the school education department had issued a notification in that regard on April 20 this year.

The chief minister said he would not tolerate any negligence and directed “all schools to stop collection of registration, enrolment and annual examination fee from the students enrolled in government schools, otherwise strict action would be taken against them”.
Russian Unity Day

Speaking at a function held at the Russian Consulate to celebrate the Unity Day of the Russian Federation, the chief minister said unity was one of the pillars of state not only in Russia but in Pakistan as well where the Quaid-i-Azam had said: “Unity, faith and discipline.”

Greeting Russia and its leadership, he said Nov 4 reminded them of the popular uprising that freed Moscow from the Polish-Lithuanian occupation forces in 1612.

He said the day called for tolerance among various ethnic and religious groups in Russia.

“I am told that people from more than 185 different nationalities are living peacefully in the Russian Federation. This is indeed a unique achievement for any country,” he said.Published in Dawn, November 2nd, 2017.