After abdicating its responsibility of providing funds to higher education in public sector universities, Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has not made allocations in the budget of current fiscal year for the BS study programmes in government colleges. It will bring to grinding halt running of BS courses in 126 government colleges in science subjects and arts. The visiting faculty of 650 teachers hired for the programme has been laid off. These drastic measures negate the government claim of promoting and expanding quality higher education.
The students who are already enrolled in BS programmes are complaining against the non-cooperative attitude of regular faculty in the completion of course work and not accepting the research work for vetting and refinement. Senior faculty members of post graduate colleges give more time to their part-time business interest in coaching academies. The focus of strict monitoring is entirely on schools, while leaving the institutions of college and university education unbridled.
The axe of financial stringency has also fallen on intermediate level education. Currently, there are 240 colleges for boys and girls, whereas the 350,000 students pass Matric examination. The saturation has reached to the extent that even the students with A- grades could not get admission in colleges. It is time to make sufficient allocations for intermediate and higher education.