private school fees

The Sindh High Court (SHC) has barred private schools from charging summer vacation fees from parents in advance.

A notification was issued in this regards by SHC on Monday in which the authority has strictly warned schools about receiving the advanced fees.

On the other hand, parents have been asked to submit the receipt with the court in case of non-compliance.

“Supreme Court had refunded one-month fees last year. What’s the reason to collect charges this year against the court’s order?” the court questioned.

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The administration was also warned of contempt charges if any school was to get caught ignoring the court’s orders.

On 8th April, the high court passed a verdict that private schools will not charge more than one month’s fee from students and showed resentment on the ‘extortion’ of two to three months’ payment in advance.

Justice Aqeel Abbasi shared, “You people are even ahead of the tax department. Don’t violate the court’s orders. We are now handling the issue leniently, don’t force us to come harder at you.”

“Do you pay three months’ salaries in advance to the teachers?” the bench questioned. “You are paying Rs. 25,000 (to teachers) while getting a signed Rs. 50,000 receipt,” the judge remarked.

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