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Private schools criticised for charging exorbitant fees, turning education into business

 A number of parents including those fighting a legal battle against the private schools’ act of charging exorbitant fees and additional demands that these institutions make while educating children appeared on ARY Zindagi’s ‘Salam Zindagi’ show and apprised the audience about the problems they are facing.

At a time when Sindh High Court (SHC) has restrained private schools from raising their tuition fee by more than 5% until further orders during the hearing of the case pertaining to restraining the schools from raising fees on their will, the show was full of revelations from parents.

KARACHI: A number of parents including those fighting a legal battle against the private schools’ act of charging exorbitant fees and additional demands that these institutions make while educating children appeared on ARY Zindagi’s ‘Salam Zindagi’ show and apprised the audience about the problems they are facing.

At a time when Sindh High Court (SHC) has restrained private schools from raising their tuition fee by more than 5% until further orders during the hearing of the case pertaining to restraining the schools from raising fees on their will, the show was full of revelations from parents.

 

Parents who attended the show said that private schools can’t just be restricted through controlling the fees as some schools also force parents to buy course books and stationary from the school.

“Now they force us to buy certain books from school and the price difference is huge, you get a book from market from Rs1000 but they will sell it you for Rs4000,” said a parent.

He added that his children’s school is even charging a security fee but all he is getting in the name of security is a peon or sweeper wearing the uniform of a security guard and a security camera.

“Their (school’s) expenses are increasing because they want to buy new cars every six months or so,” said an angry parent.

Web Desk. Private schools criticised for charging exorbitant fees, turning education into business. Ary News, September 22, 2017.

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