Private schools play tricks to collect fee

ISLAMABAD

A number of private schools disobeying Islamabad High Court’s instructions have come up with a new way of compelling parents to deposit controversial summer vacation fee by delaying the result time.
A large number of parents, who have even deposited fee, expressing their concern over school managements, of delaying results in quick successions said their Eid festivities were being spoiled to keep them in a fix.
Raza Muhammad, whose three siblings are enrolled with a well-known school system, expressing resentment, said he deposited the fee just to get the result as he has to move home town in Sindh to celebrate Eid with family. But school, he said, has already postponed results for three times June 6, 8 and 13 respectively. He said he’s still unsure if it will be announced even on given date, making it impossible for him to leave the city for Eid.
Jarar Haider another father shared a message of a school’s administration which reads as “Dear parents, due to an unforeseen technical error in our system, result compilation has been slightly delayed. The results will now be available on Wednesday, June 13th”.
He said the schools were just waiting for a favourable decision from the court of law but their selfish approach was spoiling their Eid festivities.
“I received a telephone call from head office of my daughter’s school a day before her result announcement with clear direction to submit cash amount equal to two-month fees with the G-13 School branch,” said Abbas Bukhari, a father of Montessori child.
The lady on behalf of school administration also made it clear not to visit school for collecting result if I failed to submit cash with the school’s branch manager, he said.
When the attention towards court’s order for not paying fees against summer vacations was sought, she clearly replied “Our school policy will remain unchanged and parents have to pay school fees at any cost.”
The Branch Manager admitted that almost seventy per cent parents have paid the fee while only thirty per cent were waiting for court’s decision on the issue. He declined to comment on a question, “Why results were held then,” saying, “it’s our top management’s policy.”
Mubarak Hussain whose two siblings are enrolled in a private school said in a smart move earlier the private schools’ mafia circulated fake news in a section of press that the honourable High Court has announced its verdict in their favour. “The court’s Divisional Bench had just even discussed the maintainability of their plea which is still to be decided and they make it a case to bag money from more parents. He also asked for investigation of the fake news circulated with mala fide intention, disgracing honourable court.
Sibte Hassan, a High Court advocate, whose daughter is getting education from one of the same school said, “I am afraid that the institutions meant to teach morality and make our generation law abiding citizens, do not themselves own any moral obligation.”
He regretted if such schools with tall claims of following international standards were unable to follow laws of the land then, “what would be the situation in ordinary street schools”.
When contacted an official from Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA)
said that clear instructions have been given to the private educational institutions to withdraw any communication with parents compelling them to submit summer vacation fees.
However, an official of Islamabad Capital Administration confirmed that PIERA had written a letter to their department for taking strict action against 45 schools for violating the IHC’s verdict on controversial fee case which was pending for adjudication.
A meeting between Chief Commissioner and private school owners is likely to take place in next week, he said.

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