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Education mafia barred inspection teams' entry in schools.

Rawalpindi -- Education mafia in Punjab province not only thrashing 'Educational Institutes Food Standard Regulations 2017' by Punjab Food Authority (PFA) into air but also barred inspection teams from entering into institutes.

The regulation was brought into force regarding prohibition of carbonated and energy drinks in educational institutes across the province by PFA earlier this year.

Divisional Public School running under district government and other government and private educational institutes while stopping PFA teams at gates vanished the material from tuck shops.

According to news, inspection team went to Divisional Public School located in Shamsabad area of Rawalpindi where security staff kept them stopped at gate for almost 20 minutes and they were allowed to visit schools after submitting their National Identity Cards at the gate.

During the gap, school administration disappeared all carbonated and energy drinks from canteen, though, during the inspection substandard cooking oil and ketchup recovered from canteen.

The inspection team fined Rs. 5000 to the school administration and issued warning also.

Same happened when the team visited Beacon House Public School near Arshi Masjid area of district Rawalpindi, after waiting long only deputy director has been allowed to enter school.

Lack of cooperation has also been witnessed during inspection of other institutes including Hashmat Ali Islamia College, Jamia School and New Siddique Public School where School administrations disappeared every kind of drink from canteen while some institutes claimed that there is no canteen running in school premises.

When contacted Deputy Director PFA, Umair Arshad, he said that the impression of stopping inspection teams at school' gate is wrong while teams had to wait due to permission issue adding that inspection teams did not find anything from the institutes visited because these institutes had been warned earlier.

He continued that PFA has issued warning again to those who were being inspected on Monday.

Deputy Director PFA said that Divisional Public School has been imposed fine of Rs. 5000 over substandard oil and ketchup kept in canteen for cooking of chips.

It is pertinent to mention that PFA has issued 'Educational Institutes Food Standard Regulations 2017' applicable from August 14th under which sale of carbonated and energy drinks is strictly prohibited within 100 meters area of school premises.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Aug 22, 2017
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