New Delhi: The Supreme Court has given a big relief to all the parents of the country who were demanding full fees despite the financial constraints during the lockdown. The Supreme Court has ordered schools to cut the Annual fees by 15 per cent. The Supreme Court said that the children have not taken the facilities of the schools, which they would have taken when they came to school. In such a situation, they will have to cut the annual fees of 2020-21 by 15 per cent. Let us also tell you what has been said by the Supreme Court in this regard.
Relief to parents and students
It was ordered by a bench of Supreme Court Justice AM Khanwilkar that these fees be collected in six instalments by 5 August 2021. The result of 10th and 12th students will not be stopped for non-payment of fees. Nor will they be prevented from appearing in the examination. According to the court order, if any parent is not able to pay the fees, the school will consider their cases but will not stop their child’s result.
15 per cent savings
According to the SC, this order cannot be granted under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, as there is nowhere in it that the government can order a fee or fee contract for the prevention of epidemics. In this act, the authority has been authorized to prevent the spread of disaster. The Supreme Court said that schools have saved around 15 per cent in the price of electricity, water, petrol, stationery and maintenance during the lockdown. If this money is charged from the students then it will be like commercializing education.
The order is given during the hearing of this case
The Supreme Court has given this order in the case of Rajasthan’s 36 thousand aided private schools and 220 aided minority schools. The Rajasthan government had ordered schools to take a 30 per cent deduction from students because of the lockdown. The schools were ordered to cut fees under Section 72 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005. This order was challenged by the schools in the High Court and said that this order gave them Article 19.1 of the Constitution. It is against the fundamental right to do business found under the law.