March 2 turned out to be a day that I had to reevaluate my decision to get education. Islamia University of Bahawalpur administration handed me a fee slip for Rs 18000. Coming from a middle class, it was hard for my parents to decide to send me to a university, and a university that had been facing many problems and was not the best at giving education. This increase in fee would deter my continuing education. My parents would have to face this new problem, with so many more they already had.

I am also sure that if I spoke to the university authorities no one would take responsibility and just pass me from one department to another. In a country where education has become a business how are parents supposed to educate their children. I am really finding it difficult to continue my studies by creating so much pressure for my parents. I request the Prime Minister to add BS programs in Prime Minister’s Fee Reimbursement Scheme for Less Developed Areas, or to reduce fee to the capacities of a middle class. I also hope that the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor would pay attention to the issue and take necessary measures.

FATIMA ZAHRA,

Bahawalpur, March 2.