SHC Restrains School from Taking Action Against Complainants

1 min read

The Sindh High Court has barred Foundation Public School Hyderabad from taking any coercive action against students whose parents have challenged the school’s decision to levy an annual fee. The court’s move comes as a relief to the parents who feared their children might be expelled from the school due to non-payment of the disputed fee.

The court’s directive follows a petition filed by more than two dozen parents who questioned the Rs15,000 annual fee charged by the school, citing a government letter that allows the school to collect the fee under certain regulations. However, the parents argue that the school’s decision to charge the fee is unfair and violates government directives.

The petitioners’ counsel, advocate Riaz Ali Panhwar, informed the court that the school had stopped accepting tuition fees from parents who opposed the annual fee, raising concerns that their children might be expelled on grounds of non-payment. The court accordingly issued notices to the Sindh government, Sindh education department, Directorate of Inspection and Registration, and the school, asking them to appear before the court on March 6.

The issue highlights the ongoing debate around private schools’ fee structures and their impact on students’ access to quality education. The government’s circular, which states that charging any fee beyond admission and tuition fee is illegal, supports the parents’ argument. Moreover, the absence of a functional Parents Teachers Association (PTA) at the school raises questions about the lack of transparency and communication between teachers and parents.

Acknowledgement: Published by Express Tribune on 05-02-2024

Previous Story

Save the children

Next Story

Safeguarding Children to Prevent Pneumonia through Essential Precautionary Measures

Latest from Blog

Tech Platforms Used by Online CSA offenders

Tech Platforms Used by Online Child sexual abuse offenders is a study released by Helsinki-based child rights NGO which provides alarming insights into the technology platforms frequently used by online child sexual abuse offenders. The research involved surveying over 30,000 active offenders and reveals significant information to combat the proliferation…

NCRC Annual Report 2023-2024

The Annual Report 2023-2024 of NCRC provides a comprehensive overview of the organization’s functions, highlighting their 5 Es Approach, the launch of a 3-year strategic plan, and the establishment of strategic partnerships. The report then delves into their notable progress in addressing crucial issues such as child labor in domestic…

Parents urge ministry to reinstate lightweight school bag policy

ISLAMABAD: As the summer vacation has commenced, elementary school students may find momentary respite from the heavy burden of school bags. However, a policy that once promised lasting relief, the `Lighter Bag Brighter Student` initiative, has been practically discontinued, much to the dismay of parents and children alike. Launched in…

Man held for recording girl’s video in hostel washroom

LAHORE: The Lytton Road police arrested a man for allegedly recording an objectionable video of a young girl in the washroom of a hostel where she was staying along with other girls. The victim girl said that she was taking a bath when she suddenly noticed someone was recording her…

Three school education depts merged into one authority

LAHORE: The Punjab government on 14 June 2024 established the Punjab Education, Curriculum, Training and Assessments Authority (PECTAA) after merger of three departments -Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB), Quaid-i Azam Academy for Educational Development (QAED) and Punjab Examination Commission (PEC) with a view to reform school education. Earlier, the…
Go toTop