Plea in Allahabad HC alleges that schools are harassing students and parents via SMS by asking for school fees

Team SoOLEGAL 6 Apr 2021 4:21pm

Plea in Allahabad HC alleges that schools are harassing students and parents via SMS by asking for school fees

Allahabad High Court was hearing a petition which was filed against the private schools in Uttar Pradesh for charging high and arbitrary fees for the academic session of 2020-2021. The petitioners are the members of the Parents Association Moradabad and they had stated that the private schools are continuously harassing the students and the parents by sending them text messages to pay excessive fees for the 2020-2021 academic session.

The petitioners had stated that, the U.P. Self-financed Independent Schools (Fee Regulation) Act, 2018 was enacted to regulate the conduct of schools and demand for the payment of high fees. According to the petitioners, Section 8 of the Act, states that the District Fee Regulatory Committee should monitor the fees of all private schools and institutions and it should also hear complaints from all the students, parents and guardians.

The petitioners had alleged that, as the State is inactive hence, all the private schools/institutions are harassing students and parents regarding payment of high fees. It was also alleged that, many schools had refused to allow students to attend online classes or take the exam, and some schools even excluded students from the rolls for failure to pay fees. The plea had also stated that, the entire burden of payment of fees including the cost of infrastructure, internet connection and electricity bill has been put on the parents.

The petitioner had also stated that, according to Section 4(3) of the said Act, the State Government must regulate the payment of fees for existing as well as newly admitted students for each academic year and also in cases of extra-ordinary situations like acts of God, Epidemic etc.

Tagged: Allahabad HC   Parents Association Moradabad   District Fee Regulatory Committee   State Government   Fee Regulation   arbitrary fees  
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