PEIRA to determine private school fee structure: IHC
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Friday prevented private schools of federal capital to increase student fees on their own.
The bench declared that Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) would be authorized to enhance the school fee in the guidelines of the Supreme Court’s judgment.
A single member bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq announced the verdict after listening to arguments from all sides at large in miscellaneous petitions regarding the private schools’ fee structure.
The bench said being a regulator of the private schools, the PEIRA was authorized to determine or fix the fee of educational institutions in accordance with law.
The court, however, directed the PEIRA to regulate the fee structure of the schools in line of top court’s directions.
The court also ordered PEIRA to decide the complaint of Dr Uzma Qazi against expelling her children from the schools, after properly hearing the stance of the institutions concerned.
The court had, earlier, clubbed the identical petitions moved by private schools association challenging the PEIRA action on fee increase and parents’ petitions against the alleged harassment of children in schools in line of receiving fee.
The private schools had adopted the stance that the PEIRA was not authorized to served them notices and take any action regarding the fee structure. - APP