Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Thursday hinted at the nationalization of all private schools in the country.
During the hearing of an appeal filed by various private schools against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government’s policy bounding the educational institutions to charge 50 percent fee during summer vacations, the CJP said: “Why should we not direct the government to take over all schools as there is no bar on nationalization.”
Headed by the chief justice, the four-judge bench also sent public notices to parents of all students through two newspapers for hearing the matter.
Former Governor of Punjab Shahid Hamid was appearing on behalf of the Beacon House School System.
The chief justice remarked that two previous governments gave no preference to the country’s education sector, adding that “we have already formed a commission for the enforcement of Article 25A of the Constitution.”
Earlier, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) had rejected a petition filed by private schools, which have now approached the apex court. The bench, however, has refused to give interim relief to private schools.
The hearing of the case was adjourned for one week.