HYDERABAD: A division bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) deterred four private schools on Thursday from charging fee in violation of an April 2017 circular.
Fixing the matter for May 29, Justice Aziz-ur-Rehman and Justice Fahim Ahmed Siddiqui directed the petitioner to file an amended title and include Directorate of Inspection and Registration of Private Institutions (DIRPI) director general (DG) as one of the respondents.
Abdul Khaliq, the petitioner and also a member of the All Sindh Parents Association (ASPA), said that members of the association were submitting their children’s fee without any delay but the schools were demanding the fee for June and July in advance.
Parents were forced to buy books and uniforms from specific vendors at fixed prices otherwise the children were threatened with expulsion, added Khaliq.
Khaliq also said that demands made by the school after directives issued by the secretary concerned were in violation of the Sindh Private Educational institutions (Regulation & Control) Ordinance 2005.
The petitioner alleged that huge amounts were being paid by parents that the schools charged for extracurricular activities but no prior approval had been sought from Sindh chief secretary, Sindh education secretary and the Directorate of School Education.
Khaliq requested the court to safeguard the right to free and compulsory education for children.