EVERY day I witness hundreds of students from Rawalpindi and other cities attending schools and colleges in different sectors of Islamabad. In developed countries primary and secondary education is free.

If a child intends to enroll in a public school he/she gets admission irrespective of the family’s legal or illegal status in the country.

However, the child would get admission only in his respective school zone or in the school located falling in or around his residential area.

However, this does not seem to be the case in Islamabad. It is we, the residents of Islamabad, who, apart from other taxes, pay all municipal taxes. However, ineligible children belonging to Rawalpindi or other cities are getting education in Islamabad schools and colleges at our expense. How come and under which logical rationale?

It would also be pertinent to mention here that every sector in Islamabad like F 6, F 7, F 8, G 7, G 8 or G 9 has a typical social setup. In every sector people belonging to different ethnic and regional backgrounds but more or less of the same class or status reside.

However, their children study in elite private schools and all these people shop and entertain at same places. Hence, keeping in view the said differences as well as similarities, children belonging to a posh area like E and F 7, F 8 sectors could be very well distinguished from a mediocre neighbourhood like G 7, G 8. Such is the difference between social and economic strata of families residing in the areas divided just by a road.

However, owing to their humble backgrounds most of the students belonging to areas outside Islamabad share very little commonalities with our children.

Thus, they usually resort to hooliganism and vandal activities often seen in the shape of damaging public transport buses, rioting on roads damaging public and private properties, etc.

I would request the authorities concerned to devise a concrete and foolproof admission policy in public schools wherein only residents of Islamabad must be eligible for the same.

Also, if someone resorts to furnishing fictitious information, a stern action must be taken against him/her.

MAKHDOOM SAIF Islamabad

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Sue Sturgess
November 22, 2012 2:20 am
What snobbery! The more people mix, the sooner these artificially created social barriers will break down, and people will accept one another as people. Schools are a great place for this to start.
Atif
November 21, 2012 12:57 pm
just reminds me about apartheid !!! what a joke..
Ara
November 21, 2012 8:55 am
Residents of Islamabad pay municipal taxes, as like others do not pay their due share. If you check the amount paid by the residents, not the salaried class, you would be surprised to know, that they pay one of the lowest rates of taxes, per square meter of the land occupied in any legal colony of Pakistan, while enjoying the best of the benefits, not available to the others. Many of them are tax evaders. Yes they are forced to pay municipal tax as is apparent by the scale of their dwellings, but they don't pay income tax or other taxes. And they want to ban our future generation from the schools, running on the government funding? What next, they would place a ban on the outsiders, for walking on the paved roads of Islamabad., or force them to obtain a visa to come to Islamabad or pray in the Big Mosque! or any other attractions.
Sabir
November 21, 2012 2:47 pm
This is typical of people living in Islamabad. This is due to upbringing and culture of the city.
Salman Saifi
November 21, 2012 8:39 pm
im in favor of education for all, putting any such embargoes would only crack up the least desirable education available. let it roll as its been rolling.
Ali
November 21, 2012 11:14 pm
Your argument doesn't make sense, almost everyone and i mean everyone in Islamabad is from salaried class, which means on avg we have more ppl paying taxes/100 ppl than in any other city in Pakistan.
Khurram
November 21, 2012 5:43 pm
Is this for real?? Our children vs the rest of them?? Come on!! Genius and culture is not restricted to the posh sectors of Islamabad with all their fake accents and putative superiority neither does vandalism have the signature of sectors or locales. Aptly put by Atif, this letter smacks of apartheid!! May God help us all!!
fareeha masood
November 22, 2012 5:54 pm
dear writer im surprised , i was born and raised in islamabad ,i got married to a person living in pindi ... if that is the case your name makhdoom shows you belong to khyber pakhtunkhua , you shouldnt be living in islamabad....and you talking about education what people percieve from your writing that you are not even educated....
funbie
November 28, 2012 3:26 pm
You don't even qualify to be a resident of this planet earth, let alone Islamabad and your posh F and E sectors for that matter, according to your explanation. Secondly, i refuse to accept you worthy enough to be someone writing something that makes it to a National Newspaper. Makhdoom Sahab, you are totally wrong.
Farhan
November 21, 2012 6:06 pm
I addition to being wrong on so many levels as pointed out by other commentators on this post, I think the good Makhdoom is also factually mistaken. As far as I understand, FG schools are run (and paid for) by the federal government, not the municipal councils.
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