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Private schools charging more than allowed 8% now have to cut their fees by 20%

December 13, 2018
 

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The Supreme Court ordered on Thursday a 20% reduction in fees of private schools that had been increasing their fees by more than the allowed 8%. Some schools were increasing their fees by 20 to 25%, the court was told.

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar also said that any schools that try to shut down to protest this decision will have action taken against them. Contempt of court notices could be issued to the schools hoping to boycott this decision.

The schools have been instructed to give back the half fees they charge during the summer vacations or adjust them in the students’ monthly payments.

The court said a rise of 5% per year is fine, however, any more will have to be justified and approved by the provincial regulatory authority. The maximum increase can only be 8%.

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During the hearing, the top judge was told by the secretary of the law commission that today these schools are charging 1.5 times the fees they were charging five years ago.

The court has directed the FBR to check the tax records of 21 major private schools over the past seven years. The FIA has been directed to take their records — computers, log books and ledgers — into custody.

Justice Nisar said the schools will not shut down due to a 20% reduction in fees.

The next hearing will be held on December 26.

 
 
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17 Comments

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    Maimoona   December 14, 2018 5:26 pm/ Reply

    Where private schools fee reduction may be a good initiative taken I’m amazed and baffled by the limited vision and lack of humanity shown by the government. Private schools are a not only a big part of the economic building chunk of our system it provides jobs and sustains thousands and millions of people who are in a fix and unsure about their futures… As an administrator or as a person in a place of responsibility we must look at the bigger picture…

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    Sehrish Alvi   December 19, 2018 5:00 pm/ Reply

    Why the teachers have to pay the brunt?Why the school is cutting on their rights?

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    SyedSamiullah   December 21, 2018 6:37 pm/ Reply

    salam bhai ye school mafia is kanoon ko nhi man te hn mere behan ki fees june july bhi or janauary ki fees ke sath leh rahe hn plz aap log kuch kro school ka nam hai Shah grammer school f.b area block 1 Shahrifabad hai 03132322105 mera mobile nmbr hai

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    Saleem Faiz   January 4, 2019 7:34 pm/ Reply

    Good CJP this action.

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    Iftikhar ahmad   January 5, 2019 11:12 am/ Reply

    kya jis ki fees 5000/- se kam hai wo school b summar vacations ki fees adjust kare ge

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    Ahmed ali   January 8, 2019 4:04 pm/ Reply

    Silveroaks school nay per month Rs.6780 main sa Rs.356. Decrease ki hi. Cheif Justice sb is ka notice lain yeh school Rawalpindi and Islamabad main hai

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    Qasim Mehmood   January 8, 2019 5:37 pm/ Reply

    Respected Cheif Justice sb. Sileroaks school nay ap ka hukam ki complete takmeel nai ki Fee Rs 6780 per month thi jis main sa sirf Rs 356 decrease ki. Please is ka notice lain. Sileroak school islamabad and Rawalpindi main hai

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    Asim   January 9, 2019 11:10 pm/ Reply

    Falcon House Grammar School (Karachi) ki Fees main bhi koi change nahi aya. aur Jan-2019 (9550/-)aur Jun-2019 (9550/-) ka fees voucher mil gaya hai. still purani fees. (no change) what we dooooooooooooooooo.

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    Hussaina   January 10, 2019 7:45 pm/ Reply

    Why all this against the private schools who are actually doing the job which our government has failed to provide i.e employment and quality education.How many government school are there in our country which are providing quality education equivalent to the private schools? If private institutions will start working like our government schools what will happen to our future generation ?We are ready to compromise on our children’s education but not on our materialistic needs!!!. Instead why not raise our voice for our constitutional right that is free quality education for our children and pressuize to improve the condition and the quality of the government schools

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    Nadeem   January 16, 2019 7:20 pm/ Reply

    Karachi Public Star Gate Branch kay Fees vouchers main koi change nahi aya please notice this aur one month summer fees adjustment bhi nahi hoi. School do mahinay ke fees bhis ek saath leta hay.

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    Anonymous   January 24, 2019 9:30 am/ Reply

    The Government should give the best quality education in all Pakistan. Can you Provide????? Never

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    Rizwan   January 25, 2019 5:11 pm/ Reply

    IUSS (The Academy School) Fee Structure are remain same no changes in fee after Chief Justice Notification.

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    Anonymous   January 28, 2019 9:56 am/ Reply

    Ladybird Grammar School has issued notice of 20% reduction in Fee which is incorrect because before reduction school was 13300/- but after reduction now circular has been issued of Rs. 11640/- which is incorrect. As per my working it should be 13300 x 80% =10640/- Can anyone confirm me? will be appreciated. Thanks.

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    Maier Khan   January 29, 2019 1:45 pm/ Reply

    Lady bird Grammar school representative said that it is calculated after deduction 5000 minimum fees required .After that apply on remaining amount 20% reduction.
    13300-5000=8300* 20 % =1660
    Now 13300-1660= 11640

    It is to be cleared that reduction on whole amount OR after deducting 5000 remaining amount.It is confusion.

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    Samina   February 4, 2019 10:04 am/ Reply

    Imperial International school F/10 Islamabad is still charging the same old amount. They are waiting for the court decision . We need help.

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    Aftab   March 5, 2019 3:27 pm/ Reply

    kindly share the supreme court judgement dated 13.12.2018 regarding school fees by private schools at safsd2001@yahoo.com

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    S F   April 12, 2019 3:13 am/ Reply

    There is no any clear picture of order

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