KARACHI  - The Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh on Media, Sharmila Farooqui, on Monday warned private schools in the metropolis to stop charging fee of coming June-July months falling in summer vacation.

Otherwise stern action would be taken against them, she said in a statement issued here.

Sharmila in her statement pointed out that many private schools in Karachi city have started collecting fee for summer vacation months (June and July) in advance which, she said, was sheer violation of rules.

While taking notice of newspaper reports in this regard, she was of the view that there is no justification to collect fee of two vacation months. The Advisor said that no government school charges such fee, hence, private institutions should also not charge it.

She said that the present government is committed to ‘stamp out all illegal practices of private schools, including charging of illegal fees, paying low salaries to teachers and providing low quality education’.

Sharmila maintained that no one would be allowed to ruin education system, therefore, stern actions would be taken against those private schools degrading education system. She further pointed out that it has been noticed that some private schools were paying Rs. 2,000 to 3,000 per month salary to teachers despite government has fixed minimum salary of Rs. 7,000 per month.

The Advisor said that quality education is must to drive Pakistan forward, adding no compromise on it will be made.

She also advisor asked media to come up with concrete measures and join hands with the government to root out illegal practices of private schools so that standard of education system could be boosted and club of developed nations be joined. Sharmila said, “Our government has introduced the labour policy under which monthly minimum salary has been raised from Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 7,000 per month but it is not being implemented by private schools”.

It has also been noticed that poor women are being hired in private schools at low salary, which is a great injustice, she further maintained.

The Advisor said the government was striving hard to meet the international labour standards to promote women so that they could also earn decent wages with fringe benefits like men. She said the government was moving forward with positive and social thinking by eliminating the bitter thoughts of the past. “It is the main slogans of PPP to provide bread, clothing and housing to people at all costs”, she asserted.