85% of the fee to be collected in 6 instalments by private schools: Madras High Court

On Friday, the Madras High Court gave permission to unaided educational institutions to collect 85% of the fee payable in six instalments from families that have not been through any form of financial loss due to the pandemic.

The bench headed by Justice D Krishnakumar further made it clear that no student should be stopped from attending the online classes as well as from giving exams. Non- payment of fees must not lead to expulsion of the child from the institute.

In the present case, the Court as hearing petition with regard to challenge of an order made by the Tamil Nadu government seeking to restrain private schools that are unaided from compelling students to make full payment of the fee. In another order made in July the Court permitted the schools to collect 40% of the fees.

The Court observed that considering the contentions of both the sides both students and the private schools are suffering at their end. Many schools have submitted before the Court the difficulties being faced due to shortage of revenue. Schools have to provide for the laptops and internet connectivity to the teachers and staff in order to conduct online classes and thus it gets extremely difficult for them to provide the required infrastructure.

The Court directed the collection of 85% of the fee payable in six instalments while students whose parents have suffered financial loss during the pandemic may pay 75% of the fees payable. For further concession, the parents must reach out to the school management. The students shall not be expelled from school for non-payment of fees.

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