Mirpur (Special Correspondent): The Azad Kashmir High Court was engaged by petitioners Advocate Inam Ullah Khan and others in a writ petition versus Government of Azad Kashmir and it was prayed from court to restrain all private schools from demanding fee from their students during the period of corona virus lockdown. The court was further requested to suspend the notification dated 5-June-2020 issued by Elementary and Secondary Education Department regarding collection of fees during the lockdown period.

Advocate Baber Ali Khan on behalf of petitioner pleaded that since the pandemic hit Pakistan, all educational institutions are closed and students are at homes, so all overhead expenses including utility bills apart from salaries of teachers and employees are almost zero. The schools are bound to allow concession for such periods as majority of the parents are not earning in these days due to the lockdown situation.

He argues that the cruelty of the private schools can be gathered from the text messages being sent by them to the parents asking them to deposit the full fee through online banking or by visiting school offices, states the petition.

After hearing the initial arguments in High Court Circuit Bench Mirpur, the court while accepting the application for Interim relief restrained the private institution from collecting the school fees until further orders. The court has issued notices to respondents to come up with reply on 26-June-2020.

The copy of interim orders in school fees case. (File Photo)