Sindh High Court suspended notification of a 20% reduction in fees in schools till April 22. A two-member bench headed by Justice Nadeem Akhtar of the High Court issued notice to the Advocate General Sindh and other parties to appear at the next hearing and ordered that the execution of the notification issued by the next hearing be suspended.
The Times Education Private Limited and others challenged a notification issued by the Directorate of Inspection/Registration of Private Institutions, Sindh School Education and Literacy Department on April 1, which reduced the April 20 and May fees.
According to the report, the petitioner’s lawyer took the stand that the parties had no authority to issue such notification, nor did it appear in the notification that the decision was made at the meeting of the concerned authorities or the cabinet.
He further said that the reduction in fees was decided without hearing the status of privately run schools and their organizations. The lawyer further said that the decision was against the natural requirements of justice while the matter has been decided in the Supreme Court.
It should be remembered that on April 7, the Sindh Education Department issued a notification instructing all private schools to reduce the monthly and monthly fees by 20%. The statement said the move was meant to provide relief to parents due to the lockdown caused by the Coronavirus outbreak.
The statement was directed that all private schools in the province must reduce the tuition fees by 20% for the months of April and May. The provincial government had also set up a special complaint cell for parents to complain if private schools failed to follow instructions.
The Department of Education had also warned that strict disciplinary action would be taken against private educational institutions if they followed the instructions. The statement issued also provided phone numbers for parents to file a complaint in case the school administration did not cooperate. It was also said that teachers in private schools can also file their complaints by contacting these phone numbers in case of non-payment of salaries. A similar notification was also issued by the CM Punjab for private institutions in Punjab to reduce school fees by 20% due to the Coronavirus epidemic I order to provide relief to parents paying for their children’s school fees when there are hardships faced in earnings. However, the Punjab government has not seen any kind of legal resistance for the notification so far.