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IHC bars private schools from charging summer vacation fees

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday restrained private schools operating within the Federal Capital Territory from charging summer vacation fees for the months of June and July.

A single bench comprising Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui gave this restraining order while hearing a petition against private schools for collecting fees for the summer vacation months.

The bench ordered adjustment of the fees already collected by private schools after the summer vacations.

The judge was informed that the Sindh High Court, the Lahore High Court and the Peshawar High Court have already passed such directives, precluding private schools from charging fees for the months of June and July.

When the judge asked a counsel, representing Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PIERA), about what it has been doing to address the issue concerning collection of summer vacation fees, he said the authority has been rendered toothless after being stripped of powers by a single bench of the IHC.

He said an appeal is pending in this regard.

The hearing of the case was adjourned till June 20.

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