Supreme Court Decision on Private School Fees 2021
Supreme Court Decision on Private School Fees 2021 New Delhi- The second wave of Corona in the country has created a furor. Governments have declared lockdown in many states and many states are in the process of proceeding further. In such a situation, the most impact of the lockdown is on the children’s education and schools. Due to the closure of the school, online classes started, the fee dispute also arose and the matter reached the Supreme Court. Now the Supreme Court has given its final verdict on this matter.
School does not charge full fees during lockdown Supreme Court Decision on Private School Fees
sc said that the school cannot recover the entire fees during the lockdown. The division bench of Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice Dinesh Maheshwari pronounced this decision and said that private schools can recover only the annual fees prescribed under state law. At the same time, the court has also ordered that schools will have to cut the annual fees for the academic session 2020-21 by 15 percent. Because the children did not go to school this year. For this reason, they did not get the facilities they would get ongoing to school. The Supreme Court has issued this order in the case of 36,000 unaided private schools in Rajasthan. Supreme Court Decision on Private School Fees 2021
If you do not pay the fees, you have to make a written promise
Law Minister Advocate Amit Changani of the United Parents Association said that according to the Supreme Court order, the school operators who had taken the fees for the session 2019-20 as per the Fees Act 2016, will be entitled to take 85 percent of the session 2020-21 and pay it 5 Will be able to take up to 6 equal installments by August as per prior interim order. However, if the school wants it, then it will be able to give a 15 percent discount as well.
According to Amit Changani, the order of the apex court stated that the school management will not be able to expel any student from online class or offline class for lack of payment of fees. They will not be able to deprive the students of class 10th and 12th of the examination on non-payment of fees. Apart from this, they will also not be able to stop the test results. But for this, parents or students will have to make a written promise to pay the fees. Supreme Court Decision on Private School Fees 2021
Parents demand exemption on entire school fees
However, if we look at this whole matter, this decision has shocked the parents. Because before the Supreme Court, the Rajasthan High Court had said in its judgment that schools can only charge 60 to 70 percent of the fees. That is the number of tuition fees. After this, the parents had approached the Supreme Court against the decision of the Rajasthan High Court and demanded an exemption on the entire school fees, which has now been rejected by the Supreme Court as well. Supreme Court Decision on Private School Fees 2021
If you do not pay the fees, you cannot stop the online class.
Along with this, the court also said that if any parents are unable to pay the fees, then their children cannot be denied, online classes. Schools will have to take the examination of such children and also release the results. Supreme Court Decision on Private School Fees 2021
Schools saved expenses but no relief to parents
He says that the cost of buying a smartphone for online studies and data connection for it is going to be as much as the children were going to and from school. Parents had to spend as much offline as on material and books. While schools got rid of all the expenses including building maintenance, electricity expenditure, sports ground, computer lab. Despite this, it is not justifiable for parents to bear the burden of paying 85 percent of the fees. Supreme Court Decision on Private School Fees 2021
Important question: Where can parents who have lost employment pay 85% fee
Describing the exemption of just 15 percent in the fees of the Corona period as inadequate, Joint Parents Union State Spokesperson Abhishek Jain Bittu has raised some questions. They have asked that the economic condition of the parents who had lost their means of livelihood in the first wave of Corona has decayed in the second wave of Corona. In such a situation, the Supreme Court did not even consider how and where they will arrange an 85 percent fee. Supreme Court Decision on Private School Fees 2021
Who will take action against those who disobey
Who will take action against private schools who do not comply with the order of the apex court, Bittu has also not mentioned in the order. Bittu fears that without fear of action, private schools can defy this Supreme Court order in the same way as they have been doing for his interim order.
Bittu claims that the state government and its machinery are subordinate to private schools, so they have forcibly recovered fees from most of the parents in six installments of the Supreme Court in defiance of the order for collection of fees and even after making several complaints, the Education Department Till now no concrete action has been taken against a single school.
Parents frustrated by top court verdict on school fees dispute
The Supreme Court of India has approved the Rajasthan Government Fees Act 2016, but has disappointed millions of parents across the country by giving only 15 percent exemption in the school fees of the Corona period. After a gap of 15 days for about two months, the Supreme Court on Monday gave its final verdict on the school fees dispute.
In the judgment, the apex court has dismissed all the pleas of private schools challenging the Rajasthan Fees Act 2016. Along with this, the court has ordered that the schools which took the school fees for the session 2019-20 as per the Rajasthan Schools (Regulation of Fees) Act, 2016, by giving 15% discount on the corona period fees for the session 2020-21 Will be able to take This has shocked the sitting parents who lost their means of livelihood in the Corona era.