Probe sought into ‘misuse’ of Edwardes College funds

PESHAWAR: The former teachers and students of Edwardes College Peshawar on Wednesday blamed the principal for increasing semester fee, spending huge funds on renovation of his residence and demanded probe into the matter.
A group of students and retired teachers headed by a lecturer, Yousuf Anwar, said that the college principal increased the fee and recruited several of his family members in the college in violation of merit.
Mr Anwar said that owing to its deteriorating standard, hundreds of students had so far left the college as they were unable to pay Rs45,000 as compared to Rs28,000 as semester fee. He demanded of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take notice of the situation in the Edwardes College and arrest all those involved in corruption.
Mr Anwar said that for the last one month, teachers had not been attending classes in the college and the precious time of the student was being wasted.
It forced the students to migrate to any other college to continue their studies in a peaceful environment, he added.
Former teacher Yousuf Khan said that some of the teachers were retired due to their honesty as they always raised the issues pertaining to misuse of official funds, objected to unnecessary raise in fee and asked for improvement in the college standard.
He said that it was a historical institution with wide fame but the sitting principal was trying to brand the college as property of a particular religious group.
He demanded of the government to take prompt action for protection of the college, replacement of the principal and reduction in the semester fee.
The teacher said that efforts were underway to collect detail of different corrupt practices in the college so that NAB could be requested to conduct an inquiry into the affairs of Edwardes College.

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