CCP: (CCP begins probe into private schools’ fee increase)

ISLAMABAD: The Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has initiated a probe into possible anti-competitive behaviour behind the sharp increase in fees being charged by private schools in the country.

The probe has been initiated after concerns were raised by the general public, especially parents, that private schools increase the school fees exorbitantly every year without any justification, particularly without any corresponding increase in quality of education.

In the first phase of the investigation, crucial information regarding the entities involved in the schooling business is being gathered.

Information pertaining to school fee increases in the last three years has been called from various private schools, and it is expected that CCP will soon have all the relevant information and data required to take strict action as per the Competition Act, 2010 (the ‘Act’).

Through the investigation, CCP will determine whether the fee raise in private schools all over the country is a result of anti-competitive practices such as cartelization or abuse of dominance, or otherwise.