LHC orders private schools to return extra fees charged after 2017

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18 Feb, 2020 3:52 pm

LAHORE (92 News) – Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday ordered the private schools to return extra fees charged from the parents after 2017.

The verdict regarding to extra fees charged by private schools announced. The court directed the educational institutes to return the extra amount charged after 2017 other than the approved five per cent raise during a year.

The court also directed the schools to fully implement the top court decision in this regard.

Earlier, the Supreme Court ruled that annual increase in the tuition fee of private schools will be five per cent, rejecting the Lahore High Court (LHC) decision in favor of private schools.

The top court upholding a decision of Sindh High Court (SHC) full bench withdrew an order to reduce fee by 20 per cent.

The apex court also withdrew an order from last year — passed by former chief justice Mian Saqib Nisar — for private schools to reduce their tuition fee by 20pc. At the same time, the court barred administrations of schools to retrieve the money as outstanding charges.

The judgement contained a dissenting note by Justice Faisal Arab who was part of the three-member bench hearing the case.

The verdict was reserved last week by the bench that was hearing a number of appeals against the cap on school fee introduced by the Sindh and Punjab governments, with not more than 5 per cent increase allowed for initial three years in the case of Sindh.

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