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Top court hints at nationalising private educational institutes
By Tariq Butt February 12, 2019
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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday hinted at directing the government to take control of private educational institutes.

A three-member bench comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Faisal Arbab and Justice Ijazul Ahsan heard a case regarding the use of contemptuous language in a letter addressed to the top judge by the administrations of two private schools.

The letter pertained to the top court’s decision ordering a 20 per cent decrease in the fee charged by the private schools. The Dec.13, 2018 order was applicable to private schools charging over Rs5,000 per month. It also restricted them to a maximum 8 per cent increase per year with the permission of a regulator. The court directed the administrations of the schools to return half the fee charged for summer vacations or adjust the amount.

Justice Ahsan observed that the language of the letter was contemptuous. The private school’s counsel clarified that the administration did not intent to disrespect the court. “In fact, the fee had been decreased while implementing on the order.”

Criticising private schools for lack of “remorse,” Justice Ahmed remarked that education had been made a business commodity.

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