Private schools maﬁa once again reportedly increased fees upto 25%. It is second illegal rise in a couple of months. Rise in fees witnessed at a time when Supreme Court of Pakistan suddenly silenced over the issue. There were very hopeful remarks for parents by the Supreme Court Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar but he suddenly silenced over the issue due to which some schools raised fees once again. The SC heard the appeals at its Lahore Registry on May 30, rejected schools’ appeals to issue stay orders on the decisions and asked all parties in the case to submit their replies.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked.
This is a serious issue and the court is considering a suo motu notice.
A number of people have opened private schools where they exploit parents. They seem to be forced to pay more in fees than their salaries. The private school maﬁa seems to have destroyed public schools by colluding together. The court was aware of how school franchises are created. everything seems to have been done for the beneﬁt of private schools.
He also asked that the court be apprised on what grounds withholding tax was being charged from students. Parents who had not deposited fees of summer vacations were forced to deposit fees with fine which sparked disappointment among parents and students. A large number of parents showed disappointment with the courts of the country and stated that private schools mafia must be controlled by the government. Government of Pakistan and provincial governments should also take firm steps against this mafia as it’s their responsibility to provide free education to kids as promised in constitution of Pakistan. Article 25A of the constitution states that “the State shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years in such manner as may be determined by law.”
Prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan realized the matter and emphasized that education at public schools should be prioritized. he should also take notice of enhanced school fees by private schools and steps should be taken to keep them in certain limits.