SC stops private schools from collecting fees for summer vacations

SC stops private schools from collecting fees for summer vacations

Islamabad (Agencies): The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday stopped private schools across the country from collecting the tuition fees during summer vacations.

During the hearing of the case, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar further observed that for the first time the children would feel happy over the ruling, advising parents to spend the saved amount for the entertainment of the children.

The court also directed to issue a public notice regarding the verdict so the concerned quarters can be informed.

“It is the inefficiency of the government that it has not prioritized education. A poor kid is unable to get education in private schools,” remarked the judge.

He shared that more number of students are enrolled in private schools than state-owned institutes adding that either the bench would decide the fee structure or the government should pay handsome amount to parents for education.

During the course of the hearing, the top judge addressed Shahid Hamid and inquiry about the salary of a grade-18 officer.

To this, the counsel replied that it must be somewhere between Rs 0.4 to 0.5 million though he was not sure about the exact amount.

Upon this, the chief justice felt irked and responded: For God’s sake, it is Rs 1,18,000 per month, adding that if such an officer wishes to get his children admitted in private schools, he would have to pay Rs 90,000 per month.