The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has rejected a petition by Private Schools Association’s (PSA) that sought a stay order against the government’s decision to allow 20% discount in fees for students during the lock-down months of April and May.

PSA had requested the court stay the notification issued in this regard by Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA).

Referring the case to PEIRA, IHC Justice Aamer Farooq said private schools should have announced such a reduction in fees considering the global pandemic.

During the hearing on Monday, counsel for private schools pleaded that the PIERA notification had been issued on April 8 without consulting or considering the stance of PSA, adding that PEIRA didn’t take the concerned stakeholders into confidence and notified the fee structure without keeping in view the schools’ problems.

The counsel requested the court to suspend the notification. However, Justice Aamer Farooq rejected the appeal, saying the reduction should have been announced by the schools. He also said it would not cost schools heavily if they parted with profits for two months.

The bench remarked that if the decision was reviewed the student fee could be reduced 15 percent or even fifty percent.

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