Supreme Court Wants Private School Fees to be Regulated

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed a committee, constituted earlier by the apex court, to regularize the fee structure of the private schools in the country.

The instructions came during the hearing of a suo motu case over an unjustified and illegal increase in the fees by some private schools.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar heard the case. During the hearing, the top adjudicator issued directives to the committee to regularize and rationalize the fees being charged by the private schools. The committee had been formed earlier to resolve the issue of the unreasonable fee charged by the said schools.

The CJP expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of the committee. He remarked that he will head the committee himself.

He resented that the private schools have been increasing the fees unilaterally, leaving the parents troubled and concerned.

“We want that [all the] stakeholders sit together and resolve the matter. [Any] remaining matter can be dealt with in the court,” said the top judge.

The law secretary told the three-member bench hearing the case that the private schools wanted an eight to 10 per cent increase in the fee and they were against the idea of any restrictions put on them.

The bench observed that the earnings of these schools needed to be ascertained through a forensic audit as the fee is charged accordingly.

The law secretary also told the court that the stakeholders have agreed upon an eight percent increase in the fee.

The court further ordered the committee to determine how frequent and to what extent these schools increase the fee.

The CJP also remarked that the federal ombudsman, who is heading the said committee, and the auditor general will have to present themselves before the court.

It is pertinent to mention here that in the last hearing, the apex court had ordered the private schools to present their audit details in the court.

Via: Geo News