The Sindh education department said on Friday that it will take legal action against any private schools selling uniforms, books, copies or stationery to parents at higher prices.
According to a notice issued by the department to all private school, they cannot make it compulsory for parents to only buy uniforms, books, copies and stationery from their schools.
The notice further states that if any school is found selling these materials at higher prices than what is being sold in the open market, they will be penalized.
The education department had been receiving complaints against private schools for a while. Earlier, parents of private school students had complained that their children’s schools were trying to fleece them with these charges.
Parents had complained that private schools are trying to force them to purchase school books and stationery for the entire year from the schools and that too at higher prices.
The parents had even appealed to the prime minister and the chief justice of Pakistan to take notice of this situation.
The education department has formed teams to ensure implementation of the order. The teams will also be conducting raids at different schools to make sure they are complying with the order.