Fee collection by private schools, High Court orders state government, government takes independent decision on reduction of school fees, government has power
Schools have been closed for 6 months and online education is being provided due to the Corona epidemic, but private schools are currently not in a position to pay fees as the lockdown has hit parents’ financial income. Private school administrators are not ready to give fee relief. A hearing in this regard was held in the Gujarat High Court today. During the hearing, the High Court said that the state government has the power to decide on fees.
The High Court said, why do you ask us to be mediators?
The High Court also found out why the government did not take a decision on its own and wanted us to mediate. Why the High Court should be the mediator and the government should decide for itself and implement it. With these findings, the High Court disposed of the government’s application for mediation. The High Court also left the final decision on fee reduction to the government.
Administrators are willing to waive the fee increase of 5 to 12 percent approved by the FRC
Earlier, the Gujarat government had filed an application in the High Court against the arbitrariness of school administrators in collecting fees. In response to the petition, the school administrators had filed an affidavit in the High Court a week ago. The affidavit states that the administrators are willing to waive the 5 to 12 per cent fee increase approved by the FRC for schools by keeping the student fees unchanged.
School administrators are unwilling to waive fees
In the two meetings held by the government with the administrators, they were not willing to bow down at all, the government had submitted in court. The government, in its application to the High Court, had submitted that a meeting has been held twice with the administrators to find a way out of the fee matter. The government had offered to waive 25 per cent of the students ’fees, which the administrators refused. Administrators are unwilling to waive fees.
The Gujarat High Court is currently hearing the private school fee dispute in the state. That’s when the biggest news came about school fees. School administrators are ready for a fixed fee reduction. Discuss the preparation for what percentage fee reduction. Running.
Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J.B. A hearing is underway before Pardiwala’s bench. The Advocate General submitted in court that the government could not issue a notification on the issue of fees as the settlement was not reached.
The state government has vast powers, the Chief Justice told the Advocate General. There are powers vested under the Epidemic Act and the Disaster Management Act. If the government has the power to decide on its own for fee reduction, then why apply to the court? The court told the government, you decide for yourself. Why do you ask us for mediation?
School administrators said it was not acceptable for the government to talk of a fixed fee reduction. We are willing to reduce or waive fees on a case-by-case basis. We will help anyone who has died in an epidemic or is in financial trouble. “We want to charge a fee for the extracurricular activities we offer,” school administrators said.
Notably, in the school fee controversy, school administrators took an oath in the Gujarat High Court last Thursday to oppose the 25 per cent waiver formula. On the issue of school fee disputes, school administrators have sworn that the government’s compromise formula is not acceptable. “The fee waiver is 25 per cent higher when we are ready to waive the fee sanctioned by the Fee Regulatory Committee (FRC),” he claimed. Managers have offered to keep last year’s fees unchanged at 5 per cent to 12 per cent. It has also shown readiness to waive fees on a case-by-case basis for students.
Gujarat is also expected to get a fee waiver due to the recent 30 per cent waiver of fees by the Rajasthan High Court. The schools were closed due to the lockdown, so parents are protesting against the schools demanding full fees. In addition, the parents of the students studying in the school will be able to pay the fees in three installments till January 31 next year. The verdict was handed down by Rajasthan High Court Justice SP Sharma.
This verdict may prove to be important for Gujarat as there is a controversy over private school fees in Gujarat as well. The Rajasthan government, like the Vijay Rupani government in Gujarat, had ordered schools not to charge fees since the school was closed during the Corona. The High Court passed the order on an appeal by private schools challenging the Rajasthan government’s order. About 200 schools had challenged the Rajasthan government’s order by filing three separate applications. The private school could not charge fees due to a state government order. Due to the Koro crisis, the Rajasthan government had banned private schools from charging fees till they reopened.