The Sindh High Court (SHC) has stopped the private schools in the entire province on Monday from charging late fee surcharges and additional fees upon the already existing school fees.
The verdict was issued on a petition against the government notice on a five to ten percent increase in the private school fees in the province of Sindh.
The parents of the students studying in different schools had filed a petition to the Sindh High Court back in December 2017 to reverse the government decision regarding the school fees hike, saying that the school management could not increase fees more than five percent per academic year as per the regulations. But, some private schools had increased the school fees more than ten percent.
They requested the court to issue a verdict to the authorities of the concerned schools and bar them from increasing the fees and to make sure that they abide by the rules and regulations.
While the hearing session today, the lawyer from the parents’ side informed the court that schools do not provide the fee vouchers on time and then they charge a late fee to the vouchers once it is issued to the parents. The parents’ side lawyer said that it is like the school management intentionally wants to add the late fee surcharge to the voucher.
The Sindh High Court bench was led by the Justice Muneeb Akhtar. He directed the private schools to not add a late fee surcharge to fee vouchers and from charging any extra fees from the parents.
The bench additionally announced the government’s notice relating the five to ten percent increase in the students’ fees null.
The bench said that the increase recommended by the government is unlawful, and a policy should be drafted for making a legal framework for the rise in school fees.