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Excessive Fees Charged by the Schools Amidst the Pandemic; Kerala high court calls out CBSE for ‘washing off its hand’ in the matter

Lawstreet Journal 22 Dec 2020 10:25pm

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Thousands of small-budget private schools are fearing a shutdown over financial constraints due to the coronavirus pandemic. Several private schools claim they are still having to pay salaries to teachers and rent for their premises while the income or fee from parents has taken a dip. To worsen the situation, many parents are shifting their children from low-budget private schools to government schools.

Contrary to popular perception, most private schools run on a low budget. As many as 70 per cent of private schools in the country charge less than Rs 1,000 as monthly fee, according to the ‘State of the Sector Report on Private Schools’ report by Central Square Foundation  that came out recently. 

The report also suggests that while the government schools have improved their performance over the years, the same has remained stagnant in private schools, thereby lessening the learning gap between private unaided schools and government schools.

The Kerala high court, overwhelmed with chagrin, called out CBSE for ‘washing off its hand’ when the board refused to act on the court’s previous directions in the matter of high fees charged by the schools affiliated to the board.


Court Order:

By the order dated 20.11.2020, the government of Kerala and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE for short) are directed to issue circulars/notifications intimating all affiliated Schools that they shall not charge fees, more than the actual expenditure this academic year; with a concomitant direction to the CBSE to go through the statements of income and expenditure filed by the respective Schools in these cases to… Continue Reading...

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