The chief justice on Friday reiterated that the Supreme Court’s order for 20 percent reduction in monthly fee is applicable to all private schools across the country, with no exceptions.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar made the remark during hearing of a case earlier today.
In its December 13 ruling, the apex court had ordered all private schools charging above Rs5,000 in monthly fee to cut the fee by 20 percent.
“The Supreme Court ruling applies to all private schools in the country charging above Rs5,000 per month if there is any ambiguity then hand us the file, we will read it out to everyone,” the top judge remarked.
“The administrations of schools began to shut down the schools when we ordered them to reduce the fee,” the chief justice observed.
In its ruling last month, the Supreme Court also barred private schools from increasing the annual fee by more than five percent.
Any hike of more than five percent in the school fee would have to be approved by a regulatory board, the court order stated.
In any case, any increase in the fee cannot be more than eight percent, it added.