Private Schools Nationalization: SC May Order Govt to Take Control


It is reported on Monday that the Supreme Court has hinted to nationalize the private schools and came hard on two Private schools in Islamabad.

The three-member bench, comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, took notice of the letters written in a disdainful language and summoned the owners of both schools on Monday.

Justice Ahmed told the owners they should be ashamed of themselves and the schools should not be treated as businesses.

If we conduct an audit everything will become apparent, he warned. So by this statement, it is predicted that the private schools will also go through an audit every year.

Order of reducing 20% of school fee:

According to the letter by the supreme court of December 2018, a 20% fee reduction was applicable to the schools which took more than 5000 Rs. It also restricted them to a maximum 8 per cent increase per year with the permission of a regulator.

The court also ordered to return half the amount of the vacation fees or adjust the amount in annual arrears.

Irked over the letter’s content, Justice Ahsan observed that the language used was contemptuous. The private school’s counsel clarified that the administration did not intend to disrespect the court. “In fact, the fee had been decreased while implementing on the order.”

Regulating Private Education:

Criticising private schools for lack of ‘remorse’, Justice Ahmed remarked that education had been made a business commodity. He also chafed the administration for interruptive questions asked during interviews. “Parents are asked where they will be travelling for holidays – how is that the concern of the school administration?”

“Why should we not direct the government to take control of private school?” he added.

Seeking replies from the administration of the private schools, the supreme court adjourned hearing for two weeks.


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