IHC Rejects Private Schools Plea Against 20pc Fee Reduction

The High Court of Islamabad, which dismissed the petition for a stay order from the private school association for the notice of 20% discount on tuition fees during two-month vacation by the Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (Peira).

The petitioner’s counsel pleaded that PEIRA issued a notification on April 8, regarding fee reduction without hearing the private schools association’s stance. He said the Authority didn’t take the stakeholders into confidence and notified the fee structure without keeping in view the schools’ problems.

He prayed the court to suspend the notification. Justice Aamer Farooq remarked that the private schools should have announced relief for the students themselves in the current scenario. He remarked that it wouldn’t burden the private schools coffers if they didn’t earn profit for two months.

The bench remarked that if the decision was reviewed, the tuition fee could be reduced to 15 percent or it could be fifty percent. “There is an extraordinary situation in the country,” the court remarked and asked the petition whether it had approached the federal government in this regard.

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