ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed concerns over the ever-increasing difference in the quality of education between private and government-run schools.
Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa sought complete details from lawyer of the Khyber Pakhtonkhwa private schools while hearing a case regarding fee hike by private schools.
He said the court needed report of each school in the KP, adding that the top court may order inspection of all the schools.
The lawyer said he had prepared a report regarding provision of free education in the province. The court responded that people were moving towards private education due to lack of quality and facilities in government education system.
Advocate Faisal Siddiqui, representing the parents who petitioned in the apex court for, said the society couldn’t be sacrificed due to interest of a handful of people.
Justice Faisal Arab said many government schools were operating even without a teacher. While Justice Ejazul Hasan said children studying at private schools get good jobs in their career.
He reiterated that the court was not in favour of imposing an unnecessary ban on schools. The chief justice said the private school’s counsel must prove with reasoning that a five percent hike in fee was justified.
Advocate Siddiqui said the Sindh High Court had given a decision in favour of parents.
The SHC verdict said raising a fee without approval from a relevant authority is not allowed, according to the lawyer.