ISLAMABAD-The parents of children studying in private schools are on the roads again. They were protesting to pressure the government to implement recent Supreme Court order that gave them some relief.
The apex court in its decision on September 13 struck down all excessive increases in fee since 2017 and ordered to recalculate it under the rules and conditions up to a maximum limit of 5 per cent subject to the approval of the regulator.
But the parents think the government is not serious in implementing the decision in letter and spirit. Thus, the children and their parents on Saturday from Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar protested simultaneously in their respective cities to demand implementation on the Supreme Court orders on fee regulation, profiteering, strengthening of the regulator of private schools.
The parents demanded that the administrative control of the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority be placed under the Cabinet Division and its 2016 rules be implemented. “Like all the regulatory bodies are under the Cabinet Division, Peira should also be transferred to the Division so that it can function without any political influence”, said Hamid Khan, one of the protesting parents. The current political leadership in the education ministry and parliamentary committees is biased because of conflict of interest, he claimed adding they don’t want to implement SC orders.
The parents have been protesting and fighting in courts since 2015 against the non-regulation of fee structure in private sector schools. A case has been pending in Islamabad High Court since two-and-a-half years about Peira rules. The parents said if the local courts don’t give justice, they would move the international courts that would bring bad name to the country.