Private schools allowed to collect fees during summer vacations

June 28, 2018

In this photograph taken on May 11, 2017, former Pakistani child labourers attend a class at a school on the outskirts of Lahore, following a scheme that puts cash in the hands of the parents of under bonded labourers which has removed almost 90,000 children from dangerous brick kilns over a year-and-a-half. Photo: AFP

The Supreme Court suspended on Thursday the Islamabad High Court’s restraining private schools from collecting school fees during summer vacations.

The SC ruled that the high court does not have the jurisdiction to issue orders like these. The top court order observed that the high court must remain unbiased in the orders it passes.

The SC sent the matter back to the IHC and ordered the constitution of a new bench to hear the matter.

Chief Justice Saqib Nisar said he was shocked after seeing the IHC order, observing that it showed the judge’s mindset.

Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC had passed the order barring private schools from collecting fees during the summer holidays. The private schools association had taken the matter to the SC.

The next hearing has been set on July 17.