New Delhi, May 3
The Supreme Court on Monday directed 36,000 private unaided schools of Rajasthan to charge 15 per cent less annual fees from students in tutorial session 2020-21 and made clear that no students be barred from attending digital or bodily lessons and their outcomes be not held up due to non-payment of fees.
The high courtroom upheld the Rajasthan High Court’s judgment in rejecting the problem to the validity of the Rajasthan Schools (Regulation of Fee) Act, 2016 and the Rules framed below the regulation governing fixation of faculty fees by the government-mandated procedures.
A Bench comprising justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari, in its 128-page judgment, made clear that the truncated fees for tutorial yr 2020-21 could be payable in six equal instalments by students or guardians.
“Undeniably, an unprecedented scenario has had advanced on account of full lockdown due to pandemic. It had critical impact on the people, entrepreneurs, industries and the nation as a complete together with within the matter of financial system and buying capability of every one.
“A large number of people have lost their jobs and livelihood as aftermath of such economic upheaval. The parents who were under severe stress and even unable to manage their day-to-day affairs and the basic need of their family made fervent representation to the school management(s) across the state,” Justice Khanwilkar famous within the verdict.
“The appellants (schools) shall collect annual school fees from their students as fixed under the Act of 2016 for the academic year 2019-20, but by providing deduction of 15 per cent on that amount in lieu of unutilised facilities by the students during the relevant period of academic year 202021,” the decision mentioned.
The quantity so payable by the involved students be paid in six equal month-to-month instalments earlier than August 05, 2021, it mentioned, including “it will be open to the schools to give further concession to their students…”.
“The school management shall not debar 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 shall not withhold the results of the examinations of any student on that account,” it mentioned.
The high courtroom additionally mentioned if any particular person request is made for waiver of fees, then the varsity administration ought to take into account such a illustration on “casetocase basis sympathetically”.
The Bench mentioned its judgment, nevertheless, won’t have an effect on assortment of fees for tutorial yr 2021-22 by schools. PTI