–LHC moved against collection of school fees despite closure
LAHORE: All private schools in Punjab have been prohibited from charging consolidated three month fees from parents, Punjab Law Minister Raja Basharat said on Wednesday.
The law minister, during a meeting here, ordered advisories to be issued to give parents relief from paying school fees in this difficult time. “Schools should also consider reducing their fees by at least 20 per cent for the months of April and May,” the minister remarked.
Punjab Education Minister Murad Rass said that none of the teachers or staff members of private schools should be fired during this period nor should their salaries be reduced.
It may be mentioned here that fee collection by closed schools was challenged in the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday. “Schools are demanding fees despite closure which is blatant contempt of court”, the plea states.
Earlier on Tuesday, Punjab Minister for School Education Dr Murad Raas had asked private schools owners in the province to cut 20 per cent fees, for the months of April and May, amid the pandemic.
Meanwhile, concerned authorities, after multiple complaints by students regarding the substandard quality of online education, have started preparations for introducing a proper online system for conducting academic sessions and classes in universities across the province.
On the other hand, schools in Sindh on Wednesday announced to defy lockdown orders and also they would not allow students to pay fees in installments.
The Sindh government had issued a notification that prohibited schools from firing workers and teachers during the lockdown. Failing to comply with these orders would result in cancellation of the school’s registration.