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SHC extends stay order against hike in school fees

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) yesterday extended its interim order that restrained the private schools from raising tuition fee more than five per cent and taking action against the students whose parents were not willing to pay exorbitant fee until November 8. A division bench, headed by Justice Munib Akhtar, was hearing a petition filed by the parents of children studying in private schools who had moved the court against managements for increasing fee more than five per cent in violation of the rules and regulations. Yesterday’s hearing, the court partly heard the comments and directed the lawyers from all sides to put forward their arguments in the next hearing. Meanwhile, the bench extended its order restrained the private schools from raising their fee more than five per cent as well as taking coercive action against the students whose parents did not wish to pay exorbitant fee till November 08. Earlier, the parents of children studying in different private schools petitioned the high court and submitted that as per rules, the school management cannot increase the fee more than five per cent in an academic year; however, some private schools have increased the fee by more than 10 per cent. They prayed the court to direct the authorities concerned to restrain the school management from increasing fee and to follow the rules and regulations. It may be noted here that last year, while hearing the identical petition, the SHC had directed the provincial education department to ensure enforcement of Sub-rule 7 m(3) of the Rules 2002 that bound the private institutions not to raise their fee more than 5per cent within an academic year and further requiring them to revise fee structure with prior approval of the government.—PPI

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