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Private schools, parents may agree on 20 percent fee concession

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Lawyers of both parents and private schools would try to reach a consensus about 20 percent private school fee concession, Sindh High Court been informed.

On Wednesday, Sindh High Court has been informed by the lawyers of private schools and parents of students and provincial law officers regarding fee the concession and that they will they to reach an agreement till 10th June.

Parents of some students moved the petition that sought implementation of the concession in tuition fees which was provided by the Sindh Covid-19 Emergency Relief Ordinance, 2020. Private schools and their associations challenged some provisions of the ordinance and also filed a petition for the 20 percent concession in tuition fees in the lockdown period as students are being taught online.

The petition came up before a two-judge bench headed by Justice Omar Sial for hearing. However, the counsel for schools Arshad Tayebaly requested that there would be a 100 percent fee charge. 20 percent concession might be given to only deserving or willing students but full concession cannot be provided.

For this purpose, Mohammad Vawda the lawyer for parents opposed this decision and called it a violation of the Sindh Covid-19 Emergency Relief Ordinance, 2020. Mr. Vawda emphasized that most of the parents are unable to pay full fees for their children in such conditions.

Conversely, petitioners opposed that they were willingly ready to provide more than 20 percent concession in fee to those parents who actually got affected by the pandemic. Moreover, private schools and their associations moved to SHC for the 3rd time against 20pc concession in tuition fee.

The SHC had canceled the stay order after it was informed that the Sindh COVID-19 emergency relief ordinance was propagated, also, outdated the April 28th special order.

The 20 percent concession tuition fee will remain enforced in coronavirus lockdown conditions.

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