On Monday The Sindh High Court (SHC) ordered private schools to reinstate the fee structure in place on 20th September 2017 and refund any fees they may have charged from parents in excess of it.

Non obedience with the order will lead to contempt of court proceedings, the court cautioned. It also ordered private schools to cease and discontinue from the practice of collecting of three months’ worth of fees in one go.

The private schools management to submit any financial details they had previously submitted to the Registrar of the Supreme Court, also the court ordered.

The Sindh High Court’s a three-member bench headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, which has been hearing a case regarding more than five per cent rises in tuition fees by private schools and institutions, said that private schools have till the next hearing to abide by its orders.

During the hearing of today, Justice Abbasi had asked private schools if they had charged a higher fee than the amount they were charging on 20th September 2017, adding that if they had; it was to their advantage to adjust it.

He cited the private schools’ lawyer that the matter had been ongoing since 2005; and the court could have, but did not impose a much older fee structure as it could have put the schools in financial struggle.

The court afterwards ordered the owners of the private schools to issue fee challans or adjustment challans on the basis of the year 2017 fees structure.

The high court observed that since the schools had been charging much advanced fees already, the parents may not be obligatory to pay more money for the coming two or three months.

The next hearing of the case has been fixed for December 17th 2018.


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