Senior Educationalist and principal of the LACAS Burki Campus, Ms. Shiela Malik faces criticism from the hands of parents who have failed to pay the fees of their children studying at the school after some pupils were escorted out of class into a library due to non-payment of dues.
LACAS announced that their school will be closed on 22nd November. “This is to observe a black day as the integrity and respect of our staff and faculty was compromised by a handful of parents.” The aforementioned parents failed to pay their children’s fees for upwards of three months, some even had six months of fees still pending. While the matter of private schools increasing their fees to an unjustifiably high amount is still in court and is awaiting a decision, some parents have taken matters into their own hands, organizing protests and urging other parents to not pay fees until the changes are made.
Private institutions do not hold much power to force parents into paying fees, all they can do, and have done is deny students from attending classes when their dues are unpaid. Which, in our opinion is fair when done respectfully and without harassing any students. This seems to be the case here and it has been unfairly blown out of proportion possibly due to some vested motive and connections of the 5% of parents who have failed to pay their children’s fees. City 42 was also involved in spreading this negative campaign against the school which is only following the law.
Further investigation should be required before filing an FIR against the principal, Ms Shiela, which is the route the Minister of Education has taken, perhaps prematurely blaming the educationalist because of the pressure exerted by a group of parents.
A nation who does not respect its teachers can never amount to anything.