KARACHI: The Pakistan Education Council (PEC), a group representing private schools in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad, has asked the government to set up a ‘national commission on private school fee’ comprising eminent economists and educators to determine an ‘education price index’ for annual fee increases.
A panel comprising members of PEC’s Sindh chapter gave on Thursday their recommendations in light of the recent decision of Supreme Court to deduct 20% of any amount above Rs5,000 as school fees.
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Ali Khurshid Mustafa, founder of Civilisations Public School in North Nazimabad, Abid Japanwala of Origins School, All Private Schools Management Association Sindh Central Chairperson Tariq Shah were on the panel among others.
According to them, the hostility being directed toward private schools was misplaced. It is not private schools which are responsible for the education crisis in the country but the insistence on reduced fees will only lead to the slow erosion of private schools.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 2nd, 2019.