Supreme Court orders private schools to increase fee using 2017 level as baseline – Pakistan

A bank of three judges of the Supreme Court on Friday overturned any increase in the rate of private schools since 2017 in its verdict on appeals related to exorbitant increases by private institutions.

In a 65-page verdict, the court said private schools had "excessively increased the rate since 2017 in violation of the law" and that the charges should be restored to what they were in January 2017 and that the additional amount should " be removed. "

"It will be considered that there has been no increase in the rate since 2017 and the rates were frozen at the rates in effect in January 2017," the ruling reads.

The verdict said that any increase in school fees must be in accordance with the laws and that any recalculation must be made "using the current rate in 2017 as the base rate." The recalculation method, said the higher court, must be supervised by regulators and the amount charged must be "approved by them." [and] it will be treated as the tax rate. "

The verdict also prohibited schools from recovering "under any circumstances" the amounts that were reduced in accordance with the 2018 Supreme Court ruling, which ordered a 20 percent reduction in fees charged by private luxury schools.

"Regulators will closely monitor the fee charged by private schools to ensure strict compliance with the law and the rules / regulations. Complaint cells will be established to handle complaints arising from the rate increase in violation of the law / regulations / regulations, "said the verdict.

The three-member bank, consisting of the President of the Supreme Court Asif Saeed Khosa, Judge Ijazul Ahsan and Judge Faisal Arab, heard the appeals filed by parents of students and private schools.



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