Many KP universities on a verge of collapse

Many KP universities on a verge of collapse

Many KP universities on a verge of collapse

The universities in Khyber Paktukhwa are in deep financial crisis due to the educational institutions closure since five months amid novel coronavirus pandemic and this may potentially result in the collapse of the higher education system in the province.

The University of Peshawar has reportedly decided to cut salaries and pensions by 40 percent.

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 “This decision is very unfair as teaching staff at the university worked day and night even during the pandemic when the classes shifted to remote instructions,” said Dr Fazal Nasir, who heads the Peshawar University Teachers Association (PUTA) while talking to Express Media.

“Instead of rewarding the hard work and effort, the university is punishing its workers,” added Dr. Nasir.

According to a document issued by the Higher Education Commission, the provincial government has provided Rs. 1,4801 million to more than two dozen public sector universities in K-P.

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However, most higher education institutions in the province seem to be edging nearer to some form of a monetary failure.

The document revealed that the government provided Rs. 170 million to Malakand University, University of Engineering and Technology in Dir received Rs. 250 million, Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan received Rs. 2,347.03 million, Bacha Khan University in Charsadda received Rs. 727.70 million, the University of Swabi received Rs. 1147.98 million, and the University of Haripur received Rs. 1289.56 million. The funds were added over a period of five years.

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