ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development has raised 10 per cent tuition fee in its all schools and colleges across the country. Besides, they have been imposed to change colour scheme of the uniform.

The decision has perturbed the parents, especially new colour scheme, as they had purchased new uniforms with the start of the new academic session in April and now again in the middle of the session they will be forced to buy new uniforms.

"For the last 25 years there was one blue theme of the uniform for all boys and girls sections and that made them stand out and now sudden change of uniform is beyond our understanding," complained a mother of girls section student.

"OPF schools are a better choice for middle class families as private educational institutions are almost beyond their reach and government schools and colleges once acclaimed for providing quality education have lost their glory. But frequent tuition-fee rise and unnecessary formalities will deter many would-be students," she remarked.

Last year the administration had increased the fee and this year in April uniform of boys section was changed from blue to gray and a after few months they have announced to change the colour again, another parent of a student from OPF Boys College H-8/4 criticized the administration.

According to information, currently around 25 educational institutions are functional under the ministry up to Intermediate level in various cities. And average monthly fee from pre-nursery to class 10 ranges from Rs3,500 to Rs5,000.

Uniform and syllabus has been changed to facilitate the parents and now all the institutions would follow the same syllabus and uniform theme, maintained Asad Khan, DG Education at the ministry. "If a family moves from one branch to another in any city, the children would not suffer because of changed syllabus and parents would also not be burdened to buy them new uniform," he added.

Regarding the fee raise, he said the educational institutes are allocated no funds by the government and they are being run on self-finance basis.

"We have to manage all the expenses and to give 10 percent raise in salaries to teachers as well announced by the government. Still the ministry has given Rs.120 million subsidy to the institutes from overseas welfare fund and overseas students are given 50 percent concession in fee," he added.  "The fee structure of our educational institutes is still less as compared to the main private institutes," he insisted.