Islamabad: The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) lauded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for taking note of high handedness of private schools and demanded stern action, against those fleecing parents on one pretext or other today.

"Those who have started milking parents on the name of fees and different illegal charges are not only damaging society and economy but the future generations," said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President PEW.

Talking to Malik Ibrar, President All Pakistan Private Schools and Colleges Association, he said that government should not leave the ground open for the private sector, which is busy in plundering masses in absence of any proper regulation.

He said that among two hundred thousand private schools across Pakistan, around 95 percent are charging Rs 500 to Rs 4000 per month, while there is no limit for fees in the schools established for the elite.

Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that many schools exploiting the situation by rising fees arbitrarily which must be checked. Schools for elite have been transformed into clubs where objectionable activities are considered more important than education, which teachers are forced to act as salesmen should be closed.

"Schools should not be allowed to raise fees without reason, while government should improve public education and the schools that have become money minting units should be dealt according to the law," he demanded.