School owners demand subsidy in wake of fee cut law

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By Malik Najmussaqib

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) yesterday extended its stay order restraining private schools across the province from expelling any children over non-payment of tuition fee. A two-judge bench of the high court was hearing a petition moved by owners of private schools challenging the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Ordinance, 2020.

Over the course of the hearing, a lawyer representing the petitioners called for the Sindh government to give subsidy to private schools if it wants a 20 per cent reduction in tuition fees.

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

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

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