The Islamabad High Court issued a written notice to the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) to forbid educational institutes from receiving any fee over the summer vacation.
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered this notice to be held until the next hearing. The notice also ordered the fee already paid to be adjusted against the charges for the term beginning after summer vacation. Justice Siddiqui inquired about the steps taken by PEIRA regarding this matter during the hearing of a petition pertaining to private schools charging summer vacation fee. Their counsel, Advocate Rashid Hanif, replied that the high courts in Sindh (SHC), Lahore (LHC) and Peshawar (PHC) had issued stay orders on the matter.
According to him, “A single-bench of the IHC had suspended powers of PEIRA to determine and fix fee being charged by educational institutions, regulate fee for registration/renewal, prescribing of fines for violations of provisions of Peira Act 2013, inspection and monitoring of private schools, regulation of teaching staff, ensuring availability of libraries and moral well-being, deciding the parameters of quality education through adequate building, management partnerships with foreign nationals and countries without prior approval of the government.”
After hearing the arguments, the court issued the written notice and adjourned hearing till June 20, 2018.