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Madras HC Warns of Contempt Action Against Schools Who Go Against Order to Accept Fee Payment in Instalments During The Pandemic [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 3 Aug 2020 9:41pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Madras HC Warns of Contempt Action Against Schools Who Go Against Order to Accept Fee Payment in Instalments During The Pandemic [READ ORDER]

Taking into serious consideration, complaints with respect to schools that are demanding a complete fee payment which stands against its order issued on July 17, 2020, the High Court has given a direction to the State to make an inquiry and take action against delinquent schools.

The Madras High Court gave a caveat to the schools insisting on the full payment of fees, which is in violation of the Court's earlier order instructing that the payment of fees be carried forward in the format of installments during the COVID-19 induced pandemic, may be held accountable for contempt of Court.

Justice N Anand Venkatesh was apprised on August 1, 2020, by the State that there were several complaints taken into consideration from parents that Educational Institutions were being resolute on the payment of the entire fees, without paying heed to the Court's July 17, 2020 order which is contradictory.

On July 17, 2020, the Judge had issued an interim order which instructed educational institutions that they can only seek 40% of tuition fees from students for the time being, while schools are shut.

Parents and guardians were allotted time until August 31, 2020, to pay the sum. Furthermore, 35% of the tuition fee would be sought two months after schools physically reopened, after the pandemic situation had improved.

The order had been issued so as to balance the interests of educational institutions in paying their staff as well as that of the students and parents during the pandemic spread.

On July 31, 2020, the Court was informed… Continue Reading...


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