In Pakistan, lapse of getting quality education can be observed commonly. Like other sectors, education is an area where government has always displayed ‘Jedwood Justice’ (Putting someone to death and trying him afterwards) and the problems in education system seems to be Penelope’s Web.

On this particular level, the problems faced are many and multifaceted. On one hand, there is stark difference between private and public sector education, which is why, every public-sector-incumbent or a public sector teacher, is a private-sector-parent. But it is also an open secret that with in the private sectors the quality based education is directly proportional to the purchasing power of the ‘consumer’, because sadly education nowadays in our country is neither a service nor considered a pious profession, it has just became an industry.

It is a fact that, today, raising a child with scintillation brought-up is not an easy task and for that education is a prime need. But, private schools especially the top-tier brand names in schooling system takes undue advantage of parents’ aspirations for their child to get good education.

Recent fee-hike—unsuitable to current economic climate, by most of the private schools across the country is a contemporary example of dominance showed by private-sector schools. Perhaps, excessive school fees have always been a clamorous issue for almost every citizen, especially lower class.

In order to ease some burden, for people living hand to mouth, Sindh government, in 2013, has passed a law (Article 25-A) according to which every private school is compelled to allocate free of cost education to at least 10 per cent (deserving students) of its total strength and every private school has to constitute a management committee of government representatives, teachers and school principals to ensure that the policy is implemented.

For this purpose, the government is duty-bound to establish a system of ‘grants-in-aid’ to support the school where these children are enrolled. Grant-in-aid schemes ensure support to private schools from the government through funds.

-Ahmad Ali– Senior research fellow from Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS), while discussing the law with The Nation said, indeed RTE (Article 25-A) is a great law passed by Provincial government, but this law merely enlightens in the law books. In practical, there is a gloom.

“Some of the Private schools use a quirky methodology; they provide free education to children of their employees who actually do not deserve such right. It needs a consistent regulatory framework.”

Chairman All Private Schools Management Association–Khalid Shah answered the query raised by The Nation, “Many Private-sector schools are providing more than 10% free ship to the students, as they are bound with various pressures such as social, political, friendship etc.” but Shah was unable to justify that the free ship is provided to the deserving students, as there is no specific criteria followed by government to check which student is actually the most deserving one.

“If any pitiable student gets free of cost admission in so called ‘fashionable private schools’ and by-chance his fees is also exempted by the administration; still he will have to incur heavy burden of expense of their daily-routine activities.”

The Nation also had a word in regards of this act with Aizaz Asif, from Alif-Ailan, who told the scribe that “When state will fall-short to full fill basic needs of its nation, then private sector will definitely encroach in the system. Government’s loose grip over private sector is a main reason for its dominance”

In order to get the version on the concerned issue, The Nation called Director Private Schools, Government of Sindh– Mansoob Siddiqui, for two weeks, but neither he had bothered to pick any of the calls nor responded to the scribe.

More than two years have been passed since the promulgation of this law, but its enforcement is still a big question mark, which is yet to be cleared by the concerned high-ups. Ignorance of such laws by the law makers is a significance of government’s loose control over private sector’s dominance.