School owners demand subsidy in wake of fee cut law

KARACHI: Sindh supreme court (SHC) on Wednesday extended its stay order restraining private schools across the province from expelling any children over non-payment of tuition fee, ARY News reported.

A two-judge bench of the supreme court was hearing a petition moved by owners of personal schools challenging the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Ordinance, 2020.

Over the course of the hearing, a lawyer representing the petitioners involved the Sindh government to offer subsidy to non-public schools if it wants a 20 per cent reduction in tuition fees.

The judges were informed that a lot of parents are unable to pay complete school fees of their children thanks to the coronavirus lockdown. The hearing was adjourned till June 10.

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At the previous hearing, the bench had turned down an invitation by the petitioners to restrain the provincial government from taking any adverse action against them over non-compliance of its directives with reference to a 20 per cent fee cut.

A counsel for the petitioners stated before the judges that the Sindh government has made it mandatory for personal schools to charge 80 per cent of the entire monthly fee without taking under consideration the financial impact its decision will wear schools.

He pleaded with the bench to declare the choice of a 20 per cent reduction in class fees void.

On May 15, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail had approved the Corona Emergency Relief Ordinance, 2020 to supply relief to the people of the province amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The ordinance was sent to the governor after approval of Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah for signature.

Under the ordinance, a landlord shall defer or suspend the recovery of rent payments under Rs50,000 and slash by 50 per cent if a rent amount is Rs100,000. It shall not apply just in case where the owner may be a widow, differently-abled person and oldster .

No institution shall charge quite 80 per cent of the entire monthly fees. No employee or worker shall be terminated or removed because the employers are going to be sure to pay salary to their employers.

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