On Wednesday, the Allahabad HC has sought response from the UP Government and Education boards (CBSE, ICSE, UP Board) and various other private schools in the light of a PIL filed seeking for regulation of school fees for every private educational institution in the State until the physical schooling resumes.
The Division bench comprising of ACJ Munishwar Nath Bhandari and Justice Rajendra Kumar enquired the State Government with regard to steps being taken to monitor the arbitrary fees being charged by the private schools. To which the State counsel responded by informing the bench that a circular on the matter has been placed in every institution directing the schools to levy on tuition fees until normalcy is restored.
The Counsel on behalf of the Petitioner stated that the directions are not being implemented.
The present plea has been filed by members of the Parents Association in Moradabad alleging that the children and parents are constantly being harassed by private school for payment of fees. This arbitrary fee is being charged for a time when schools were closed and no services were provided.
The petitioner allege that private schools are not allowing students to attend online classes and not promoting them to higher classes. In some circumstances they are even striking off their names from the school records due to non-payment of fees.
The Court has tagged this matter with a similar PIL titled Adarsh Bhushan v. State of UP (PIL 576/2020).