KOHAT, November 8: Students and staff of technical colleges and institutes have protested the proposed privatisation plan of the government and staged a march up to the Kohat Press Club.

Along with the students and teachers from Vocational Training Centre and Government Technical College, other workers also joined the demonstration and marched from their college to the press club.

The protestors chanted slogans against the decision taken by the provincial government. They told TNN that the present provincial government wantd to affiliate the technical colleges to a new system, which they said was not in the interests of the students and teachers.

On the occasion, the students complained that fee would be increased with the privatisation of the colleges and it would ultimately hinder education for many.

“Poor people can’t even afford to pay 3000 rupees. Now with the steep rise in college fee up to 16,000 or 20,000 rupees, how will the financially weak students manage it?” questioned one of the speakers at the rally.

Mr Jamil Paracha, the secretary of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI), said that he and the other authorities were in the favour of easy education and that the opposition parties would certainly criticise the decision in the parliament. JUI-F is sitting on opposition  benches in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.

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