LAHORE: A resolution calling for regulating private universities’ tuition fees was submitted in the Punjab Assembly Secretariat on Monday by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
Leader of the Opposition Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed submitted the resolution. It called for enforcement of fee regulation in the higher education institutions.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Rasheed said the purpose of submitting the resolution was to highlight the increasing fees in private-sector universities. “The government has recently introduced an ordinance barring private schools from increasing fees during an ongoing academic year. It is vital to bring private universities under the fold of the same ordinance,” he said. A private schools regulatory bill is still pending discussion in the assembly. The education minister had earlier expressed the resolve to introduce it for legislation. Rasheed said that it was imperative that regulatory ordinance and bodies extend their jurisdiction to all private educational institutions. “We will be pushing to ensure that the government considers this matter comprehensively,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 22nd, 2015.