CHARSADDA: The parents of students in Charsadda have demanded refund of paper money received by private educational institutions from their children for board exams, which didn’t happen at all.

The parents said the government promoted all the students of matriculation without any exam due to the fears of coronavirus spread. However, they said when the students go to their respective schools and colleges, the administration refuse to hand over detailed marks certificates (DMCs) until they pay three-month fee and other so-called outstanding charges.

The parents said the paper money fee for matriculation exam is around Rs1,700 as per the government criteria, but private schools have already received Rs3,000 from each student.

“Our children have been promoted to next class without any exam. Now the private educational institutions should show some morality and return the fee to students,” said one parent while talking to TNN.

He said it is a normal practice in civilised societies that fee for any purpose or tickets for any show or sports event are returned if the event doesn’t happen due to some unavoidable circumstances. However, he said, the private schools and colleges in Pakistan, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, are continuously exploiting the students, while the concerned authorities have chosen to look the other way.

The parents said the private schools owners received additional fee from students on pretext that they had to serve food and provide other facilities to the exam staff coming from the education board. “All this is done to ensure good results of the students in exam. In this way, the quality of education is compromised and although the students obtain good marks, but standards remain low,” said another parent, adding that the private education sector in Pakistan purely operates for business, and not for education.

The students’ parents have called upon the concerned authorities to make sure that the private educational institutions refund the exam fee. They said the private schools and colleges creating hurdles for students by not issuing them DMCs must be punished.

Social circles have also called upon the government to persuade the private educational institutions to pay salaries to their teaching staff.