The Sindh Education and Literacy Department has stopped private schools from selling uniforms, stationery, notebooks, and other related products to the students at exorbitant prices.
The Directorate of Inspection and Registration of Private Institutions – a subordinate department of the Sindh Education department – issued a circular to all private schools across the province in this regard. The notification declared selling of overpriced stationery, course books, notebooks, and uniforms illegal.
The circular restricts students and parents from purchasing these products from schools and asked them to report to them if any school forces them to do so.
The circular noted that many private schools are selling these products at prices two to four times higher than the market which is a criminal act.
Calling this practice a ‘robbery,’ the department has advised schools to refrain from using petty tactics to make money and warned them of strict legal action in case of noncompliance.
The department directed the schools to issue a list of required course books, notebooks and other objects to the students instead of collecting the money for themselves.
“They (school owners) charge higher than the market prices which puts an extra burden on the parents,” the notification said.
However, the schools can print their logo on uniforms/notebooks and sell them at the market price, if they want.
The Education Department has formed monitoring, complaint and inspection teams and has instructed them to take action against schools that violate the directives.