Private Schools to Collect 70% of the Annual Tuition Fees in Three Installments: Rajasthan HC

Team SoOLEGAL 9 Sep 2020 4:31pm

Private Schools to Collect 70% of the Annual Tuition Fees in Three Installments: Rajasthan HC

The High Court of Rajasthan issued an interim order which directed the private schools in the state to collect 70 percent of the annual tuition fees for online classes carried out during the pandemic in three installments.

The Court said “The said 70 percent of the tuition fees shall be paid for the period from March 2020 in three installments to the respective schools. However, it is being made clear that on non-payment of the said fees the student(s) may not be allowed to join online classes, but shall not be expelled from the school. The three installments shall be fixed by depositing the first installment on or before September 30, while the second installment shall be paid by November 30 and the third by January 31, 2021.”

The Society of Catholic Education Institutions, the Nisa Education Association, the Progressive Schools Association, the D.G.J Educational Society and the Shiksha Pariwar Sanstha School had filed a writ petition against the order of the Government of the State, which directed the schools to defer collection of school fees for three months. Schools were also instructed not to name the children who did not pay the fees in view of Covid-19. Schools were also instructed not to strike off the names of students who did not pay the fees.

The petitioners stated that the state did not have the power to restrict private schools from collecting fees. They also claimed that “there has already been a deferment of fees for a long period of almost six months and the schools required to maintain the infrastructure and also pay salaries to its staff, which includes non-teaching and teaching staff and are facing great hardship and therefore, by interim arrangement at least tuition fees be allowed to be collected from students”.

The Court noted that, pursuant to the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Government has jurisdiction to lay down policies and that the petitioners are all non-governmental organizations and are therefore expected to play their necessary role in alleviating the suffering of the general public while at the same time protecting their own staff from financial difficulties.

As an interim measure, the single bench of Justice Sanjeev Prakash directed that schools may collect “70 per cent of the tuition fees element from the total fees being charged for the year”.

Tagged: High Court   Rajasthan HC   Annual Tuition Fees   Private Schools   pandemic   Covid-19   Disaster Management Act   Justice Sanjeev Prakash  
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