The Supreme Court of Pakistan has barred private schools from collecting fees during summer vacations. Along with that, the court also directed to release a public notice informing the parents of students about the court’s order.
The court was displeased with the exorbitant fees charged by the private institutions. On that, the court warned that these institutions would be nationalized and the state will take over.
According to a report by a private media channel, the court said:
“Call the Attorney General, tell the government to take over all private schools.”
Lahore High Court (LHC) and Peshawar High Court (PHC) have barred private schools from collecting fees for summer vacations. Islamabad High Court recently also recently stopped private schools in the capital from collecting fees during the summer vacations.
The Court’s Remarks
The Chief Justice of Pakistan remarked on the excessive fees being charged by the expensive private schools saying,
As per the Article 184/3 of the constitution, the Supreme Court has the authority to tell the government to take over all private schools and nationalize them.
The Chief Justice further, addressing the private schools, added;
Poor people’s children can’t afford to study in the private schools considering the fees that they are charging.
The court added that the governments have failed to fulfill their responsibility of providing education to children under 16. As per the Article 25A of the constitution, it is the State’s responsibility to provide free education to all children under 16 years of age.
The hearing of the case has been adjourned until 12th July 2018.