Islamabad - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appointed Musaddiq Ahmad Khan, a grade-20 officer of Pakistan Administrative Service, as new chairperson of Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA). 

Khan has served in cabinet division and ministry of water and power. The Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) had sent a summary to Establishment Division to appoint any official of grade 20 as PEIRA chairman. The regulatory body, which looks after over 1,200 schools and colleges in Islamabad, has been headless for over two years. PIERA’s last chief was Atif Kiani who completed his four-year term in June 10, 2013. Since then, CADD has been running its affairs on ad hoc basis. Before the appointment, the government has amended the rules of the regulatory body. Last month, the Establishment Division issued notification about qualification for the post of chairperson. The notification read that the appointment for chairperson will now be for three years instead of four.

CADD Secretary Khalid Hanif confirmed the appointment and expected the permanent head will help resolving the issues surrounding the body. The PEIRA employees have also welcomed the decision hoping the new chairman will play his role independently for the betterment of private education sector and CADD will not interfere.

The PEIRA has been in hot water for its role during the fee hike issue of private schools where elite schools went ahead with increased fee plans violating the rules in September. The PM had to intervene to take the fee hike back to facilitate the parents who took to streets protesting the hike.