SEC puts an end to schools bullying parents over uniforms
The Supreme Education Council (SEC) has banned all private schools and kindergartens from getting involved in the sale and distribution of school uniforms.
This decision comes at a time when parents have been compalining about schools changing uniforms regulary before the start of an academic year.
The Peninsula reports that the ban goes beyond preventing schools from selling uniforms in their premises.
They cannot even have partnerships with specific shops or suppliers dealing in uniforms with an intention to make financial gains or promote their business interests.
SEC has issued a circular to all the private schools and kindergartens asking them to give full freedom to students and parents in the purchase of uniforms. Parents should be free to buy uniforms from any source they prefer.
The school’s role is limited to prescribing the colour and design and providing the school logo to be fixed on the garments.
The circular is in line with a directive issued by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce last year to end all types of monopolistic practices in this sector.
The move apparently is intended to break an existing nexus between some schools and business outlets in the sale of school uniforms.
The Ministry had earlier asked the SEC to take the necessary steps to implement the decision. Both the schools and the shops have been asked to stop such practices.
If they continue, it will be a clear violation of the Law No (19) of 2006 on protection of competition and prevention of monopoly.
The decision will be in force from the current (2014-2015) academic year, according to the circular.
The SEC circular categorically stated that schools and kindergartens should not have any financial interests related to uniforms. They can neither sell the uniform in their campus nor ask the students/parents to buy it from any particular place or shop.
The school should also choose uniforms with common colours that are easily available in the market. They cannot prescribe complicated shades or special quality material for the uniform forcing parents to buy it from exclusive dealers.
The school logo should be made available separately to be fixed on the uniform.
Sources from several private schools confirmed that they have received the SEC circular. Most schools have stopped selling school uniforms in their premises as per guidelines issued by the SEC earlier, but allegedly have direct or indirect involvement in this business. [Source: The Peninsula]
Another more important thing is School coaching , Some school doing special coaching after school hour and charging money for that, though it is not mandatory to all students and depends on students parents , but i feel it will creat discrimination among who are not attending coaching, Supreme Education council should look in to the matter,
Rule of Monopoly need to applied to Qatar Airways, Woqod , Karwa, Qmedia ,QDC ... the list is big , These type of companies are shame to this country , Not even able to start any business
start hunting for tailoring shops now. lol
Great decision !!
Great decision !!
Very good step in the right direction ........... Tue, 14.10.2014, 10.35 hrs