The Sindh government withdrew the notification of 20% reduction in fees for private schools, after which the Sindh High Court disposed of the petition pertaining the reduction in fees by private schools.
A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Nadeem Akhtar and Justice Adnan Kareem Memon heard the petition against the provincial government’s notification regarding 20 per cent reduction in school fees.
During the hearing, the Sindh government’s lawyer told the court that the provincial government had withdrawn the old notification of 20 percent concessions in school fees.
He said that the rules have been amended and a new notification will be issued soon which will make it mandatory for all private institutions to charge 80 per cent of the total monthly fees.
During the hearing, Additional Advocate General Sindh said in his arguments that new rules regarding school fees have been framed and an ordinance has been sent to the Governor of Sindh for approval.
The Additional Advocate General further said that the petition has now become ineffective and should therefore be dismissed.
During the hearing, the court questioned the Director General of Private Schools, Mansoob Siddiqui, under which authority you issued the notification? You are a senior officer, you are not on position for trouble up anyone.
To which DG Private Schools replied that the notification of fee reduction was issued on the directions of Chief Minister Sindh.
On this, the court said that whatever the circumstances, if the Chief Minister asks him to jump into the well, will he jump?
Later, the court disposed of the application for reduction in fees on the statement of Additional Advocate General Sindh pertaining to withdraw the notification.
Note that in view of the prevailing situation due to Coronavirus pandemic, the Sindh Education Department had issued a notification on April 7 instructing all private schools to reduce the fees for the months of April and May by 20%.
The statement directed that all private schools in the province must reduce tuition fees by 20% for the months of April and May.
The provincial government also set up a special grievance cell for parents to complain if private schools do not follow the instructions.