ISLAMABAD: National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) is receiving many complaints about private institutions exploiting the public every day by charging high fees, a press release of the commission said.

According to Article 25-A of the constitution, the state should provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to 16 years in such a manner as may be determined by law. Despite this constitutional guarantee, the state has failed to take appropriate steps and progressive measures to provide free and compulsory education.

Many public schools and colleges have been established by the governments but the quality of education imparted by these schools remains a matter of concern.

The upgrading and betterment of these public institutions have never been a priority for the government.

On the other hand, private institutions exploit this situation in the name of high quality education. The noble cause of education has been converted into a commercialized and profitable activity.

There is an unregulated fee hike in private institutions and this is a cause of serious concern for the common citizens of Pakistan who are otherwise struggling to make both ends meet in the poor social economic environment of the country.

NCHR is receiving many complaints about exploitation through the high fees of the private institutions every day. In this regard NCHR has fixed September 27, 2018 for the consultation.

The Commission has called the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA), representatives from Ministry of Education, other concerned officials and stake holders to submit detailed comments on the issue. NCHR Chairman Justice Ali Nawaz Chowhan is very much concerned over the issue and he himself will preside over the consultation as this issue is affecting the public at large.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2018.

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