Raj high court stays single bench’s order that allowed schools to collect fee
Jaipur: The double bench of Rajasthan high court on Thursday stayed a single bench’s order which allowed private schools to collect tuition fee during the COVID-19 situation even as the schools were closed. The double bench issued a stay on the single bench’s order till October 9. The matter will again come up for hearing on Monday.
A petition had been filed in this regard by advocate Sunil Samdaria. Earlier on August 28, the high court had postponed the matter for hearing till September 30. The Rajasthan government had also filed a petition in which it was argued that the single bench’s order didn’t have any basis for allowing schools to collect tuition fee from the parents. Many private schools have determined fees in violation of RTE and other fee regulations.
The petitioner argued that the private schools have not given details of expenditure during the COVID-19 period. For this reason, the parents couldn’t be forced to pay tuition fee.
The Rajasthan high court’s single bench had on September 7 allowed private schools to get 70% of the tuition fee from parents in three instalments. The orders in this regard were issued on petition filed by various school organizations including Society of Catholic Education Institutions in Rajasthan and Progressive School Association. The non-payment could allow schools to prevent a child from attending online classes, but they were not allowed to rusticate the child from school.