SC directs private schools to reduce fee by 20%


ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court has directed the private schools charging over five thousand rupees monthly fee to cut their fees by twenty percent.
Hearing the case in Islamabad on Thursday, a bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said the court order is applicable to private schools across the country.
The chief justice also expressed his annoyance at private school owners’ reaction to the Supreme Court’s order of 20 percent reduction in fee.
Reiterating the court’s order, the chief justice expressed his displeasure at how the schools were reacting by cutting back on basic facilities for students and dismissing teachers.
“The schools are now showing reaction over the fee cut verdict. They are ridiculing the court’s decision; we won’t tolerate such actions. We will put them on trial,” Justice Nisar remarked during the hearing.
Chief Justice Nisar directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to conduct a forensic audit of schools which had not returned the fee taken during vacations.
A Federal Board of Revenue representative informed the court that private schools are tax defaulters of as much as Rs 1.2 billion. He added that action was being taken against seven big private schools but a few of them had obtained stay orders.
The chief justice expressed his concern over the schools’ reaction and instructed FBR to show him the financial documents of the schools in question


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