CDA closes 42 private schools in residential areas following court orders

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has shut down around 42 private schools working in the residential areas of different sectors and regulated societies of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) to relocate these institutions in commercial areas.
An official of CDA told APP on Monday that the action has been taken fallowing the orders of the Islamabad High Court which clearly directed all the private schools to vacate their building in residential areas as the institutions were causing panic for the residents and were also a security risk.
The official of the Building Control Department of CDA has warned that all schools opened in the residential areas of federal capital would be sealed during the weekend holidays. The action was being taken in accordance with the Islamabad High Court ordered of May 3, under which the court had directed the private schools to shift from residential areas to commercial, he informed.
We have closed around 42 private schools so far in G-6, G-7, H-8 and the activity would be continued till complete implementation of the court order, the official told. The schools had not followed the instructions of the court despite passing of near three months due to which the CDA has to take action to implement the courts order, he added.
The houses on rent for schools were not for commercial use, he said adding that the management of the institutions have to replace their location from residential to commercial.
However, the officials of the different associations of the private schools and colleges have requested the high court to give appropriate time to these schools so that they could arrange alternative buildings in commercial areas.
Due to an urgent action of CDA for relocating of these schools to commercial areas, they said the future of over 350,000 students learning in the private schools working in different sectors and regulated societies of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) are at risk. The Central President, All Pakistan Private Schools and Colleges Association Malik Ibrar Hussain has declared the CDA action as illegal and anti-state.—APP

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