Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (Peira) has advised private schools and colleges to grant concession of 20 percent in monthly tuition fee of students with effect from April 2021 till their reopening.
However, as per notification, the said concession policy is not applicable on private educational institutions charging monthly tuition fee less than Rs 8000.
The decision was taken after government decided to provide 20 percent fee concession to students of private educational institutions during closure of schools due to third wave of COVID-19 pandemic.
Peira notified last year of a 20 percent fee concession in all schools charging more than Rs 5,000 so that parents may get relief during the nation-wide lockdown owing to the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic.
“Owing to spike in Covid-19 positive cases, Private Educational Institutions are advised to grant concession of 20 percent in the monthly fee of students with effect from April 2021 till reopening of private educational institutions. However, the said concession policy is not applicable on Private Educational Institutions charging monthly fee less than 8000 PKR,” read the notification issued by Peira.
It further added that fee challan, opposite to above fee reduction policy, requires to be set up in fee of next month while parents/guardians are also instructed to pay fee in a timely manner.
Peira Deputy Director Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai, when contacted said that the regulatory body received the majority of requests for fee reductions from parents whose students are pursuing education in upscale schools.
“Providing relief to parents, whose children are studying in upscale schools is a good step but majority of students in Islamabad are pursuing their education in schools charging less than Rs 8000 per month and their parents are facing a hard time due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so there should be some relief for them too,” a parent pointed out.