Cut annual fee by 15%, don’t debar over non-payment: SC to Rajasthan private schools

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The Supreme Court on Monday directed private unaided schools in Rajasthan to decrease the annual faculty fee by 15 % for the 2020-21 educational 12 months in lieu of unutilised amenities by the scholars due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari mentioned the schools might accumulate the total annual fee, as mounted beneath the Rajasthan Schools (Regulation of Fee) Act, 2016, for the previous educational 12 months (2019-20), however for the 2020-21 educational 12 months, the schools can have to decrease the fee by 15 per cent. The courtroom additionally mentioned that the schools are free to present extra concessions to the scholars – past the 15 per cent deduction that has been directed.

The SC’s Monday order will impression round 36,000 private unaided schools, together with 220 minority private unaided schools, in addition to lakhs of scholars and their dad and mom in Rajasthan.

The SC mentioned that as famous in its order dated February 8, 2021, “the amount so payable by the concerned students be paid in six equal monthly installments before August 5, 2021.”

However, the courtroom has prohibited schools “from debarring any student from attending either online classes or physical classes on account of non-payment of fees, arrears/outstanding fees including the instalments, referred to above…” and directed that schools “shall not withhold the results of the examinations of any student on that account.”

The prime courtroom was listening to petitions by managements of private schools in Rajasthan which had approached the SC in opposition to a Rajasthan High Court order issued on December 18, 2020.

In the order, now quashed by the SC, the HC had upheld the Rajasthan authorities’s October 2020 order directing private schools beneath the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) within the state to forego 30 per cent and 40 per cent tuition fee, respectively. The determination was taken by the state following representations made by a number of dad and mom in regards to the difficulties encountered by them due to the pandemic.

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