Schools are earning profits in online classes, cut fees of students by 15 per cent: Supreme Court

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In an important order, the Supreme Court has asked private schools charging students with full tuition fees for online classes should provide certain relief to students. The Supreme Court was of the view that the expenditure of schools has reduced considerably due to online classes and therefore students should get its benefits in fees.

Even if this order is related to schools in Rajasthan, on the basis of this, the guardians of other states can seek relief. The Supreme Court has said that students should get the benefit of the school’s expenses.

This order has been given by the Supreme Court in a case related to private schools in Rajasthan. The state government had asked schools to charge 30 percent less tuition fees. But the schools moved the Supreme Court against this. The Supreme Court has now said to cut school fees by 15 percent.

The schools were allowed by the court to collect fees, but hearing the petition of the schools, a bench of Supreme Court comprising Justices Khanvilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari admitted that it was not legally right for the state government to ask the schools to cut the fees. But at the same time, the Bench has also said that schools have saved a lot in the expenses of petrol-diesel, electricity, water, maintenance, stationery etc. in the last 1 year. If students are not benefited from this, then it would be unfair.

The judges have said in the judgment that neither the school nor the parents can give the exact data that the savings that the schools have made is what percentage of the fees going to be recovered. Still, it does not appear that this savings will be less than 15 percent. Schools have moved the Supreme Court against the Rajasthan government’s order to cut fees for the year 2019-20, now the court has allowed the fee to be collected. But it is said that every school should cut the fees by at least 15 percent. This fee is allowed to be paid in 6 installments. The court has also said that due to non-payment of fees, no student should be prevented from joining the online class or physical class.

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