LAHORE - Lahore High Court on Thursday issued notices to the secretary schools on a petition challenging illegal raise in tuition fee of private schools.
Naeem Ahmad, a local resident, filed the petition and submitted that private schools had been charging extra fee from their students and the government was playing its role as a silent spectator. He said private schools were raising day and night fee, burdening the parents and guardians of the students.
The petitioner said there was no law to control the private schools and they were free to charge as per their free will. He pointed out if the students fail to submit dues their admission is cancelled and they are banned from sitting in the classes which discourage them badly, he said. They prayed the court to direct the government and secretary school to stop such plundering by controlling private schools and introduce equal fee chart at all private schools.
Justice Shujaat Ali Khan of the LHC heard the initial arguments and sought reply from secretary school. The proceeding adjourned for an indefinite time. Meanwhile, the LHC allowed Amir Shafi Ikram, one of accused in EOBI land scandal, to go abroad to enquire after health of his ailing son.
At the outset of the hearing, the accused told the court that he had been appearing in the court continuously and had obeyed orders of court. He said his son was seriously ill. He requested the court to permit him to take his son abroad for his medical checkup.
DG FIA Dr Usman Anwar, was also present in the court, stated that petition Amir Shafi had also gone aboard for once despite placing his name on ECL but he had returned timely and joined the inquiry. At this, Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi allowed petitioner to go abroad against the submission of surety bond of Rs. 2 million and directed him to ensure his return by June 25.