SC seeks schools' response following 20pc fee-reduction order

Dunya News

SC observed that schools had started decreasing the facilities they offer after its order.

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on Thursday, during hearing a case pertaining to exorbitant fees charged by private schools, ordered the Law and Justice Commission to investigate into an alleged reduction of facilities being given to students following the court’s directives to reduce fees in excess of Rs5,000 by 20 percent.

What further irked the CJP was the observation that some of the schools’ administrations began to shut their schools after getting orders from the court to reduce the fee.

"Then shut down, I will show how to shut them down. If you wish to close the schools, and not return one month fee, close them," he added.

In December, the court had ordered the private schools to return fee they had charged students for summer vacations.

The top court had also said that the schools could not increase the fee by more than five percent annually. It said that the private schools would need to take permission from the regulatory authority before increasing the fees more than five percent.

The apex court had also ordered the Federal Bureau of Revenue to investigate into the income tax returns of owners of private schools and their administrations.