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Schools to charge reduced fees as per government order due to the ‘unprecedented’ times of the COVID-19 pandemic : Rajasthan HC [READ JUDGMENT]

Lawstreet Journal 23 Dec 2020 9:52pm

Image courtesy: Lawstreet Journal Judiciary Schools to charge reduced fees as per government order due to the ‘unprecedented’ times of the COVID-19 pandemic : Rajasthan HC [READ JUDGMENT]

The Rajasthan High court hearing a writ petition directed the schools to follow the state government notification and charge 60% tuition fees in schools affiliated with the state board and 70% tuition fees in private schools affiliated to CBSE for the current academic year after taking into consideration the plight of the parents in these ‘unprecedented’ times of the pandemic.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic upon implementation of the nation-wide lockdown, the Rajasthan state government directed the schools for deferment of school fees for three months. On 07/07/2020 the deferment was extended through the government order till the schools reopen. The order was challenged in the court after which the government formed a committee and a new order was issued on 28/10/2020 regarding fees that could be charged by the schools.

The order directed the schools affiliated with the state education board to charge 60% of tuition fees and private schools affiliated to CBSE to charge 70% of the tuition fees, the order further directed that no student was to be expelled due to non-payment of fees however, they can be denied to attend online classes and also stated that no school may charge any fee for extra co-curricular facilities that are not provided by them such as laboratory or library fees. 

State Government’s response:

He further added that if the government order is not accepted by the schools’ managements and parents they may determine fees as per the provisions of Rajasthan Schools Act, 2016 and Rajasthan Schools Rules, 2017.

Court’s Decision

The court further remarked that it is true that in… Continue Reading...


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