Islamabad High Court (IHC) has barred all private schools in the capital and other federally administered areas from collecting fees from students for summer vacations. The court summoned the secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) and the chairman Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) as well.
The court ordered the schools to adjust the already collected fees for the months of June and July.
Petition Against Fees During Vacations
A local citizen filed a petition at IHC against this private schools’ practice of collecting fees during vacations. The Court heard the petition and issued the directives after listening to all concerned parties.
The IHC’s order reads;
PEIRA is directed that all private educational institutions be restrained from receiving the fee for the period of summer vacations till next date of hearing. Amount of fee already paid by the parents/students shall be adjusted against the fee for the period after vacations.
The court learned that Lahore High Court (LHC) and Peshawar High Court (PHC) have also fully and partially barred private schools from collecting fees for summer vacations.
PHC had ordered the schools to reduce the fee by 50% while LHC directed them to fully waive the fee for summers.
The court will resume the hearing of the case on 20th June.
Punjab Government’s Orders
The Punjab government previously ordered all private schools not to charge any fees during summer vacations. The government also ran advertisements in newspapers telling parents not to pay any fee for the summer vacation period. However, no school in Rawalpindi or other cities complied with the orders and kept charging fees.