18 Jan, ISLAMABAD-The Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered all schools across the country that charge more than 5,000 rupees (about 35 U.S. dollars) per month to reduce their fees by 20 percent, local media reported on Thursday.
The apex court had issued the interim orders of a case on Dec. 13 last year, pertaining to reduction of private school fees, whereas, the detailed verdict was released during the Thursday court proceedings, upholding all points laid out in the interim judgement. It has been highlighted in the detailed verdict that the fees reduction orders will not be applicable to schools already charging less than 5,000 rupees (about 35 U.S. dollars) per month.
The court has directed all the parents and students to submit 20 percent less in fees, and a disciplinary action would be taken against those parents who failed to comply with the supreme court orders. The detailed judgement also underscored that the fee reduction would not affect scholarships and other facilities provided by schools, adding that school owners would also not cut the salaries of teachers.