FEF protest against closure of their college

Peshawar: Girls students from Frontier Education Foundation (FEF) Degree College of Nothia branch in Peshawar protested the plan for closure of their college, demanded the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to take over control of the college and give status as public sector education institution in the province, save their future.

Speaking at a press conference at press club here on Monday, a group of girls students of the college said that the FEF Degree College Peshawar, running as a semi-government education institution with funds of Federal government, was planned to close. They said the decision would affect more than 119 girls’ students, currently studying at the college.

The students complained the provincial government and educationists, women-right based organizations, had turned to deaf ears over this serious issue, which was matter of grave concern for them. Safdar Baghi, the brother of former nazim Asif Baghi Shaheed, on the occasion told the reporters that the FEF College was established by then Governor of KP Syed Iftikhar Hussain with effort of Asif Baghi Shaheed, a former Nazim, and played active role for promotion of quality education over past a decade.

Mr Baghi, who is also chairman of Asif Khan Baghi Foundation, informed a hefty of funds had been allocated for the college, due to which education ratio was increased in the vicinity. He informed that more than 700 to 800 graduates have been studied in the college. Now, they said that present administration is considering for closing down the college, due lack of funding and a sharp decline in the enrolment in the institute.

The students said the science teachers had been transferred from the college, which was affected their study, now the administration asked them to attend three class of science subject in Dabgari College, situated in Peshawar.

Earlier, they said the college fees are very nominal with range of Rs.5,000 to Rs.7,000/- per student, but a sharp increase was also brought in fees, a now charging Rs.12000/- from student of immediate, while Rs.20,500/- from per graduating student, which they said, was basic reason for declining enrolment in the college. The girls students demanded the Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Minister Higher Education.

Mushtaq Ghani, to issue order for taking over control of the college, under its Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf led provincial government ‘Education Emergency Plan’ and give it a public sector education institution, to safe their future.

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