Sindh Govt suspended the registration of all campuses of The City School and Beaconhouse School System over their failure to comply with the court orders. In September, Sindh High Court ordered that private schools cannot increase the tuition fees of the student beyond 5% per annum.
The notice was issued to the federal government on the imposition of tax on school fee, the decision of the court was announced after more than 100 parents of school children asked the court to assist them against the unilateral fee hikes. The copy of the notification provides a complete description of the decision and failure of school management to comply with it.
The issue of fee hike by private schools especially by so-called posh schools is a reason of concern. A society is built on the basis of quality education and if the education is this expensive, it gets limited to the privileged society.
The issue was raised by various NGOs, government bodies, and parent of the students. The fee hike was decreased from a whopping 14% to 5 % per annum which is liable to change after the period of 3 years.
In the latest development regarding the unilateral fee hike, Provincial Education Department suspended the registration of Beaconhouse School System and The City School for the period of seven days. The decision was taken after the schools failed to follow the directives of the court in private schools fees case. It has been reported by The Directorate of Private Schools that five letters were previously sent to the school management directing them to obey the orders of the court. The legal notices were ignored (All 5 of them) prompting the suspension of registration by the Sindh Govt education ministry.
It is a dire situation for the nation! Schools are responsible for teaching our future generation to be a better citizen. What kind of example they are setting for our children to follow?
The City School and Beaconhouse School System provided a joint statement that the cancellation of the registration holds no legal value as it violates the order of Sindh High Court and Supreme Court. The schools also alleged that the move was made to jeopardize the reputation of the schools.