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Education is considered a basic necessity of life in every part of the world and even more so in third-world countries like Pakistan. Unfortunately, like every essential need costs a lot of money, education has taken the same wrong. Education is a business in Pakistan and it is sad that it has come to that. Every parent wants exceptional education for their child, they expect their children to pass out with flying colors from renowned schools and colleges, but not every parent can afford to do so today. The journey of acquiring education is already tough, and it becomes tougher when it becomes a business. When the sole purpose of these institutions is acquiring as much wealth as humanly possible, will they be able to produce good citizens? Will these citizens be able to produce results selflessly? What morals are we imparting?
Before sending a child off to a good school, one thing a parent should keep in their minds is that education is a business irrelevant of which private schools they are placed in. Such school will not have any impact on the development side of your child. Their job, essentially, is to make profits, extort and do as at the expense of parents who are willing to go the mile for the good of their child. Unfortunately, the good is evasive. We have plenty of outstanding schools for children, both private and public, offering high-level subjects and diversity in curriculum, but if the only purpose of these institutions is to make money, some of the students will end up being corrupt, selfish, and most of them would only think about money, or material stuff. Society, if filled with such a future, will only fail.
Due to the fact that education is a business, we see massive hikes in fees randomly, inexplicably, and illogically. Apart from tuition fees, institutions tend to collect fees for utilities, books, fines, and all sorts of miscellaneous expenses that never even get an explanation as to what they represent. Schools these days are focusing only on the books, with extra-curricular activities that have nothing to do with professionalism. Dance parties, Halloween nights, movies nights etc. are being arranged on weekly basis for fifth graders? One can only imagine the end result. In our opinion it is far from productive.
In the recent past we have received reports on fees hikes from various private schools; without cause, without notice and without exception. The devastating fees hikes have led many parents expressing their concerns on social media without having any solid authority to induce probe into the matter. The following fees have been reported (please note that the fees only covers tuition and not utilities, books, maintenance and misc. charges):
- Fees for a fifth grader reach a ridiculous amount of PKR 20,000.
- Fees for a pre-playgroup child to amount PKR 18,500.
- Fees amounting to PKR 20,000 for a child in prep.
- Admission fees of as high as PKR 50,000.
The most interesting of all the charges that are shown on fee challan are those of generator charges. It is hilariously ridiculous.
What to do?
- You could boycott private schools and place your child in public schools. Some would argue that public schools are not up to the standard;
- Gather as many parents as you can, and meet with the principle of the schools involved;
- Plea with the government to look into the matter;
- Call at 051-9100260-(3) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit this online link and complain regarding business practices;
- Contact FBR and have an audit issued against such schools or;
- Sign this petition and let us try to help.
The only moral you could get out of this entire situation is that education is a business, and there is probably no way around it. But at any rate, if you invest in a business, you should see returns, and given the investment here, the returns should be colossal. We hope to hear your concerns and encourage you to raise them with the authorities mentioned above.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.