No other fees such as grants or charities for development fees, trusts or other benefits may be collected.
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The order applies to all school boards. If a school has already collected the full fee, it is obliged to refund the additional fee or adjust the fees for the 2021-22 academic year. If the parents have any grievances, they can contact the grievance redressal committees headed by the director of the department in Bangalore and the principal of DIET and senior officials of the education department in the districts. On January 29, 2021, the then Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Suresh Kumar, announced that private schools could collect only 70% of tuition fees. Other fees could not be collected under the banner of other benefits such as development fees, grants to the trust or transportation and extracurricular activities.
The private schools challenged the order in the high court. On September 16, the court disposed of the petitions in the wake of the May 3 Supreme Court decision in the Indian School Jodhpur v. Rajasthan State case. As a one-time measure, the Supreme Court ordered a 15% deduction from the fee. Amount instead of unused benefits by students during 2020-21.
According to the High Court order, after deducting 15% instead of unused benefits of students in 2020-21, the school management can collect the annual school fees fixed for the 2019-20 academic year (schools were not allowed to increase fees in 2020-21). .
Schools cannot prohibit children from attending classesThe order states that schools are free to offer this 15% discount on tuition fees and above. At the same time, schools cannot prohibit a student from attending online / offline classes and withhold their results due to non-payment of fees. Schools also cannot block the names of candidates participating in board exams.
While it may seem difficult to pay fees at the request of a parent, schools need to consider a case-by-case basis. The order states that it will not affect fee collection for the 2021-22 academic year. “If a school collects Rs 70 as tuition fee, Rs 15 as term fee and Rs 15 as development fee, it can collect 85% of Rs 70 as per order. The fee has to be collected at Rs 59.50, ”said a department official.
“The High Court specifically said that schools can charge annual fees after deducting 15%. However, the department has divided the tuition fee and other fees. It is unacceptable and a contempt of court order. We will be forced to challenge it in court again, “said D Shashi Kumar, secretary of the Karnataka Primary and Secondary Schools Association.
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