Handing over government schools and colleges to private institutions is only good if they do not raise the fees being paid at the time of handing over. Not all people in our country can afford to pay high fees. That is one reason they are forced to send their children to government institutions. Handing over these government institutions to NGO's will not make a difference in education standards if the poor are forced to drop out after the NGO takes over. The recent decision by government to give away two colleges to an NGO caused great distress to students and teachers alike; one set feared losing their jobs, the other a raise in fees. The government should make a settlement between the college administration, parents of the students and the NGO before handing it over. They are all equal stakeholders. -SANA SHAMSHER, Karachi, via e-mail, September 29.