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Reopening of Schools from Aug 15: IHC Throwaway of Private Schools’ Plea

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday disposed of the plea of private schools for opening of educational institutions of the federal capital from August 15 and directed them to approach the relevant forum.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah conducted hearing into a petition filed by a private school seeking opening of schools, which were closed earlier due to coronavirus outbreak.

During the hearing, Justice Athar Minallah remarked that the court couldn’t interfere in administrative affairs as it was responsibility of the federal government. The elected government was answerable to people and it would decide the matter keeping in view the current situation.

The petitioner’s lawyer pleaded that the educational institutions were closed in the federal capital for several months due to COVID-19 while the school owners were facing hardships. He said that his client had given application to Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) in this regard but nothing availed.

The chief justice asked the petitioner to approach the relevant forum through the platform of their association rather than seeking individual relief. He observed that it was impossible that the government was not taking attention towards it.

Justice Athar remarked that not only schools but the students were also suffering due to the closer of educational institutions. The court, subsequently disposed of the petition.

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