Fleecing parents: PTI MPA submits adjournment motion against summer fee

Private schools are collecting advance summer fee in violation of Sindh govt’s directives


Our Correspondent April 04, 2018
Middle class families find it difficult to afford high fees of private schools. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Khurrum Sher Zaman submitted on Tuesday an adjournment motion in the Sindh Assembly against advance summer fee being collected by private schools in Sindh.

Referring to The Express Tribune's story, he requested the Sindh Assembly speaker to discuss this issue in the upcoming session.

"The private schools in in Karachi have become a mafia. The same situation prevails in other districts of Sindh where the management of schools collect the summer vacation fees in advance, violating Sindh government directives," Zaman said.

Zaman, who is also a parliamentary leader of his party in the Sindh Assembly, expressed outrage that despite court orders and government decrees, some private schools were still flouting the law and collecting fees from parents.

"I have submitted an adjournment motion on this issue and hope the Pakistan Peoples Party government will allow further discussion and debate in the Sindh Assembly," he said while speaking to the media.

Undeterred, private schools charge summer vacation fees

"It is sad and shocking to see some private schools using coercive tactics to make parents pay summer vacation fee that is prohibited by the provincial government," he said.

The PTI MPA maintained that the rising cost of quality education is gradually making it unaffordable for the middle and lower classes and thus, there is an urgent need for major education reforms to shake up the government school system.

"The solution to make basic education accessible and affordable to all is to improve the quality of the government school system so that it competes with the best private schools in the country," he said, demanding that Education Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar take notice of this matter and take action against the private schools which continue to violate government directives.

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