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PIL for Cancellation of School Fees during Lockdown Dismissed by Kerala High Court [Read Judgement]

Lawstreet Journal 3 Jul 2020 12:13am

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On Tuesday, 30th June 2020, Kerala High Court dismissed a plea against the collection of school fees during the coronavirus lockdown. Sreelekshmi S. and Dhanvin Pillai, two students of Sree Buddha Central School, approached the High Court of Kerala seeking directions from Government for the schools conducting online classes using virtual or modern video conferencing techniques to ensure that no student is denied the same due to the reason of failure to pay fees. 

The submission made said that during the coronavirus lockdown thought the country from March to May 2020, however, the schools were not open and online classes were commenced from June 2020, the students were asked to pay tuition fees for the said period of lockdown as well. A division bench of Chief Justice S. Manikumar and Justice Shaji P. Chaly stated that even during the lockdown, monthly salaries for the teaching and administration staff have to be paid. The bench also observed that maintenance expenditure is also a factor that should be taken into account. 

The bench ruled that “The main contention of the petitioners is that no fee should be collected during the lockdown period. As rightly contended by the learned counsel for the respondents 6 and 7, whether there is lockdown or not, monthly salaries for the teaching and non- teaching staff have to be paid. Though not contended, judicial notice can be taken that maintenance expenditure is a factor to be considered. Considering the fact that there is no change in the fees for the… Continue Reading...

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