Lauding the role of his predecessor Naeem Akhtar for his contribution in education sector, Minister for Education, Syed Muhammad Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday said he (Akhtar) gave his sweat to the department for the past two years.
Speaking at the Second Education Conclave, Bukhari said the Naeem Akhtar was the only minister who unlike other politicians took unpopular decision for the betterment of the department.
“And I am sure that education department and society will reap benefits of his unpopular decision he took during his tenure,” Altaf Bukhari said.
Bukhari said Naeem Akhtar put his sweat in the department to take the education sector to higher level.
“We politicians try to avoid unpopular decision but he was the only minister who took unpopular decision. We will be benefitted from his unpopular decision,” he added.
He however said there can be some areas where his (Akhter) calculation may have gone wrong.
“We are humans and we don’t commit mistakes we are not super humans. Mistakes are committed to be perfect tomorrow,” he said.
Later, talking to media persons on the side lines of the function, the education minister said there was a need to reconstitute the School Fee Fixation Committee (SFFC).
He questioned its constitution saying the secretary school education was also a member of the committee- constituted to regulate the fee structure of private schools in the state.
“Having secretary education as its member closes all the roads for the private schools to approach the government in case they have grievances with the committee. I as a government have no option to object as my own secretary school education department is its member,” he said.
“The committee needs to be reconstituted and I will do it.”
Expressing displeasure over functioning of the committee, Bukhari said they (committee) have not been able to release its report in past two years.
“If SFFC is not in a position to give its report in two years that is injustice with schools as well. Let them decide whether the school is allowed to operate or not but there should be decision at least from the committee,” he said.
He said the SFFF should have taken the decision about the cases, pending with them, within a period of 90 days
“I don’t understand why time should be wasted to take a decision, “he said.