KP govt reluctant to regulate private educational institutions

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government does not seem serious about enacting the law for registering and regulating the private educational institutions in the province as current assemblies will complete tenure after a few weeks.

Following the Peshawar High Court (PHC) directives to make legislation and regulate the private educational institutions in the province, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government on December 10, 2012 tabled the proposed bill titled “Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Private Schools Regulatory Authority Bill 2012”, but it was referred to a sub-committee after objections raised by some lawmakers about some provisions of the bill.

However, after it two assembly sessions were called but the bill was not passed by the KP Assembly, whereas the constitutional five years term of the government was going to end in a few weeks. Some legal experts believe the government is avoiding the bill after the stiff opposition from the private schools management and owners, which were in thousands. “I think the provincial government is delaying the bill as the passage of the bill could affect the vote bank of ruling parties,” a senior lawyer Noor Alam Khan told The News.

A week ago, heading a division bench of the PHC Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan issued show-cause notice to top officials of Education Department including secretary Secondary and Elementary KP to appear in person and explain as to why the government has failed to enact the law for forming regulatory authority to regulate, register and look after the private schools.