PESHAWAR - Tribal students from various agencies of FATA have demanded of the government to increase their scholarship quota, extend free education facility in all public sector universities across the country and abolish quota system for tribal students.

These demands were made by President FATA Students Federation Shuakat Aziz while addressing a press conference here at Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday.

Flanked by FSF Senior Vice President Umar Orakzai, General Secretary Haroon Akhunzada, and Zara Zaman, female students wing president, Aziz presented a charter of demands.

The tribal students asked the government to provide them soft-education loans on easy terms, initiate establishment of vocational training centres for male, female and youth in FATA, extend foreign scholarships to talented tribal students, and ensure free education quota in cadet colleges across the country. They also stressed the need for practical implementation of PM’s Scholarship Programme in Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

The FSF also expressed concern over the illegal occupation of schools by political administration and urged the government to immediately vacate these occupied educational institutions. It also sought transportation facility for tribal students. Besides, investigation into the alleged misappropriation of sports funds for the FATA was also demanded.

The tribal students warned if their charter of demands was not fulfilled forthwith, they would be compelled to agitate for acceptance of their demands.