KPPSRA stopped private schools from looting parents by law: PHC told

Humayun Khan

PESHAWAR: Peshawar High Court (PHC) has ordered principals of major private schools to appear before court on 19th January in case regarding receiving various fees from parents while Chief Justice remarked that private schools established monopoly and receiving extra charges with monthly which is not right, on Tuesday.

During hearing Chief Justice Qaiser Rashid observed that private schools are grabbing extra charges from parent in the name SMS and sometime on security. He added that on one hand inflation has created hurdles for parents while on the other hand private schools are looting them with different tactics.

Chief Justice Peshawar High Court remarked that laboratory, generator and computers are necessary for every schools which should be established at the time inauguration but unfortunately the private schools are grabbing money from thousands of students for four or five computers in the name of laboratory fee.

Private School Association lawyer Fida Gul Advocate while Barrister Asad-ul-Mulk on behalf Private School Regulatory Authority (PSRA) appeared before court.

Private School Association filed writ petition and argued that the rules and regulations were made with consultation private schools which is illegal because rules had stopped the schools from any charges expect monthly fee.

Barrister Asad-ul-Mulk informed that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa PSRA has stopped private schools from looting parents in the name of SMS, security, computer and laboratory charges by law and compelled to receive only monthly fee.

In the meantime, Chief Justice observed that on one hand inflation has impacted parents badly while on other hand private schools are looting them in the name various charges. He remarked that provision of computers, generation and laboratory is responsibility of private schools at the time of its establishment neither to be use for looting parents in the name of facilities.

During hearing Abbas Sangin Advocate informed that private schools are claiming several fees on monthly basis from parents which is not right while receiving such fees look like harassing parents.

Chief Justice observed that he personally witness that private schools are receiving charges for four computers from thousands of students on monthly basis while ordered private schools’ principals to appear before PHC on 19th January.