Good News for parents! School fee paid during Covid lockdown to be returned, rules Allahabad High Court | India News

In  a relief to parents, Allahabad High Court today ruled that ordered private schools to waive 15 per cent of the fees collected during the Covid-19 period. The decision stands for all the schools in Uttar Pradesh for the academic session 2020-2021. 

According to the court orders, 15 per cent of the fees must be calculated and adjusted in the next academic session. In the case of students who have dropped out or left school, the Court has ordered that the amount be calculated and returned to them. This exercise must be completed within two months. 

Petitions were filed in the High Court

Parents’ bodies have been demanding some relief from the Allahabad High Court in terms of slashing school fees in view of the Covid-19 pandemic situation. The High Court heard all the petitions on January 6, 2022. A bench of Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice JJ Munir has given this order on Monday. The decision was made after considering that there was a lockdown during the session 2020-21, but the schools demanded full fees from the parents, even though the classes were only being conducted online. 

Petitioners appealed that private schools did not provide any service except tuition fees during that session. Petitioners also reminded the court of the recent order passed by the Supreme Court in the case of Indian School, Jodhpur vs State of Rajasthan. The Supreme Court had said in its order that demanding fees without providing facilities is like commercialization and profiteering of education.

How will the fees be adjusted

According to the court orders, the school will waive 15 per cent of the total fees during the session 2020-21. The excess amount should be utilised for the next academic year or will be returned to them in case the student have dropped out.

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