SLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday ordered that notices be issued to private schools for increasing fee and decided to club cases pertaining to private schools pending in high courts and the apex court.

The apex court declared the case as maintainable and made eight private schools a party to the case. Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that the schools have to defend themselves in the case.

The apex court will hear the clubbed cases against private schools for increasing fee on October 4. After the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, all decisions pertaining to education fall under the domain of provincial governments, which are also responsible for the curriculum and all other matters pertaining to schools.

This month, a full bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC) declared that increasing private schools’ tuition fee more than five per cent of the last fee schedule was illegal. The court also directed the schools to either refund the excess amount or adjust it in future fees within three months.