Exorbitant school feesArchive
THIS refers to the exorbitant fee that is being charged by private schools in Punjab while no steps are being taken by the Punjab government.
A group of famous private schools increases the school fee every year, particularly without any corresponding increase in the quality of education. No doubt, these schools have become business centres where parents are being looted by them in the name of education.
We call upon the government to create monitoring authority to regulate private schools, especially the fees it can take and enforce it. If some quarters have reservations about it, they should take them up with the government and resolve the issue.
But private schools must not be allowed to take advantage of the non-availability of rules and regulation on the subject of fee and do whatever they feel without taking any punitive action.
Another pertinent point is that the private schools have increased the fees by 14 to 15pc, whereas the government has announced a seven per cent increase in pay of government employees. Can anyone justify the increase and this dichotomy?
Last but not least, the Lahore High Court has passed the judgement forbidding private schools from charging tuition fee during the three months of summer holidays but private schools are doing it without any fear. The LHC judgment must be enforced by the Punjab government.
A worried parent
Published in Dawn, September 17th, 2015
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