The Directorate of Inspection & Registration of Private Institutions Sindh on Thursday suspended the registration of The Haracks School after the inquiry committee formed by the directorate found hidden CCTV cameras installed in its washrooms.

The school is located in Scheme 33 near Safora Goth Karachi. This week, on Wednesday, one of the school teachers named Rehana Feroz registered a complaint to the directorate requesting the concerned officials to look into the matter and take strict action against the school administration.

Upon, the Dirpis officials immediately constituted an inquiry committee comprising officers of the directorate and one teacher of the school. The committee, on the same day, visited the school in order to probe into the facts of allegations leveled against the school administration.

During the visit, the committee observed that the allegations were correct. “Hidden CCTV cameras were installed behind a sheet holes in the area of washroom situated with toilets of girls and boys washroom so that one can easily watch the movement of male and female students and staff”, the committee report reveals.

Later, the committee submitted its report to the concerned authority after which the Dirpis officials issued a show-cause notice to the school administration to appear before the inquiry committee and explain its position on Thursday. The school owners were also informed if they failed in appearing, an ex parte decision would be taken against the school.

However, the school administration didn’t bother to attend the inquiry and explain its positions. In response, the Dirpis Director Dr Mansoob Hussain Siddiqui issued a circular informing the school management that its registration has been suspended which was issued on May 22, 2019, to The Haracks School’s owners.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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