Public applauds Sindh government’s move to declare private schools to sell uniforms and books ‘illegal’

Pakistani schoolchildren learn Chinese at a private school. — AFP

On Friday, the Sindh government restricted private schools from forcing parents to buy uniforms and stationery supplies from schools or select shops, calling the practice “illegal” after receiving complaints from parents and students.

In a notice issued by the Sindh Ministry of Education, educational institutions were instructed not to require parents to purchase printed cover copies, registers, periodicals, school uniforms, school bags, books and other stationery items from schools or any specific stores.

The government has also restricted schools from requiring parents to pay for clothes, food or any event such as Mother’s Day, Flower Day, Colour Day, Mango Day or Music Day.

In response to the ban, parents and teachers applauded the measures taken by the government.

a teacher, talking to him Geo TV On condition of anonymity, she called it a “good decision” by the Sindh provincial government and said she agreed.

“However, the rules and laws here are sometimes on paper and not enforced. So, if it’s enforced, then it’s a very good behavior and parents will definitely appreciate it and agree to it,” she said.

Ayesha Umair Khan, a mother of two who lives in the city’s North Nazimabad area, called the school’s rules “ridiculous” and said it was “very unreasonable”.

“It’s a very unreasonable practice because on the one hand, you’re asking your parents for a lot of money in the name of education. Then you put those conditions under your belt,” she said.

Ayesha, with Geo TV, said she was glad the practice was now outlawed. “Thanks to the government, better late than never. I’m also glad my child is not associated with a school that follows such absurd rules and policies,” she continued.

Muneeb-ul-Hassan, a teacher from Karachi, said that as a parent, he agreed with the government’s decision.

“Students across Pakistan should be free to buy books and school uniforms from wherever they want,” he said, adding that the country should enforce the law.

Here are the pointers mentioned in the notice:

  • Do not ask parents to buy printed cover copies, registers, journals, etc. from the school or any particular store. Instead, schools may only provide parents with stickers showing the school’s name to affix on the front cover of school copies, registers, or journals.
  • Do not force parents or students to buy school uniforms, school bags, books and other stationery from the school or any specific store. Give students a list of textbooks, photocopies/registers, utility journals, and other stationery at the time of grades/admissions, rather than asking them for money to buy said items from the school so that they can buy at the usual rates on the open market as well.
  • Don’t ask your parents to pay for clothes, food, Mother’s Day, Flowers, Colors, Mangoes, or Music.
  • Parents should issue monthly fee vouchers/challenges to students, or charge monthly rather than quarterly/bimonthly. However, two-month fee vouchers may be issued to parents who intend to deposit fees for more than one month at their discretion.
  • Students are charged only approved fees. Approved fees are displayed on school bulletin boards and reception desks and made available to parents upon request to let parents and students know.
  • Students’ uniforms cannot be changed before five years. Permission from the bureau must be obtained before changing uniforms.
  • Pursuant to Section 13 of the Sindh Educational Institutions (Regulation and Control) Regulations 2001, Amended Act and Rules 2003 – 2005″
  • Students may not be expelled or penalized for non-payment within three months, such as segregating, standing on a bench, scolding, scolding, or denying an exam/exam. Nonetheless, disciplinary action can be taken against the student if the student does not pay the fee for more than three months. If a parent lodges any complaint with the Private Institutions Inspection and Registration Authority of Sindh against school management, their ward/student shall not be expelled from the school until the investigation/investigation related to the complaint is completed. Complaints proved to be unfounded or harmful.
  • Students shall not be charged late fees. Expulsion of any student from school without the necessary procedures is prohibited. Before taking such action, parents should receive at least two warning letters and have the opportunity to hear from them in person. However, if a parent’s explanation is unsatisfactory, their ward’s name may be removed from the school’s role in implication of the bureau.
  • Pursuant to Section 12, schools must establish Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) to represent parents and teachers and perform duties that may be assigned by the registration authority. The school will regularly manage/chair the meetings of the association.

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