Punjab Government to introduce a new law for private educational institutions

Once signed into law, the new legislation will accord protection to parents against the exorbitant fee hikes.

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The Punjab government will soon introduce a new enactment to regulate private educational institutions in the province. The law would primarily restrain the institutions from increasing fees on unjustified grounds.

The Punjab Schools Education Minister, Dr. Murad Raas, revealed this during the question hour session on the school education department in the Punjab Assembly on Monday.

The Minister said, “Once signed into law, the new legislation will accord protection to parents against the exorbitant fee hikes. It will also cover uniforms, books, harassment, and other issues in private institutions.”

Legal Proceedings against harassment

While lamenting the harassment incident in Lahore Grammar School, Dr. Murad Raas, said that there is no law currently in the province that authorizes the education ministry to initiate legal proceedings against anyone involved in harassment in private schools.

“At present, my ministry has no legal authority to take action against a teacher of a private institution. However, the new law will permit us to take action on any issue regarding private institutions following the law,” the Minister said.

Dr. Raas criticized the PML-N government for neglecting the matter of harassment in school campuses and appreciated the PTI government for taking action on such a crucial issue.

He added that the Punjab government has also drafted a bill to block the publication of hateful content. The law will allow the ministry to initiate legal action against publishers involved in printing provocative material.

Moreover, Dr. Murad said that the administrative order for the 20% reduction in private schools and college fees would remain enacted until the coronavirus outbreak in Punjab is controlled completely.

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