Source: The Indian Express
The Delhi High Court on Monday said the private unassisted schools in the national capital can gather annual school fees from their students as fixed but by providing a reduction of 15 per cent on that amount in lieu of non-utilized services by the students during the lockdown period.
“The amount payable by concerned students will be paid in six monthly installments w.e.f 10.06.2021,” said Justice Jayant Nath in the order.
This means that private schools in the capital are no longer limited to only collecting tuition fees from its students. It also means that the amount billed as quoted by the court can now be collected looking back for the year 2020-2021 from students from June 10.
In August, many schools had begun collecting annual fees on a pro rata basis since phased unlocking was taking place in the city. However, the government doubled down on its April order on the grounds that schools were still physically closed.
It stated that restrictions in fee collection continued to stand because “unlocking stage is still going on in phase manner hence, complete lockdown is yet to be over and schools are yet to be open for physical class room learning”.
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