Jabalpur: Madhya Pradesh High Court has given orders to private schools to take only tuition fees till the end of Coronavirus (Covid-19), giving relief to parents.
According to the order, private schools will not charge fees other than tuition fees.
The Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Yadav and Justice Rajeev Kumar Dubey has also given relief to other staff including teachers of schools in their decision.
The Bench has said that the salary of teachers and staff will not be cut more than 20 percent. Apart from this, the salary deducted after the epidemic ends, will also be given to the teachers.
Madhya Pradesh High Court court reserved the verdict on 6 October after hearing 10 petitions together.
What is the whole matter
Arbitrary fees were being charged by private schools amid the Corona transition. Public interest litigation was filed on behalf of Dr PG Najpande, Rajat Bhargava of Citizen Consumer Guidance Forum.
It was told that the Indore bench of the High Court and the Single Bench of the Jabalpur High Court have given two separate orders regarding the collection of fees.
Due to this, a situation of contradiction has arisen. Many privateers are still charging arbitrary fees.
Argument on online studies
Advocates argued on behalf of the petitioner that private schools across the state are studying online.
Despite this, parents are charging huge tuition fees, while online classes have increased the risk of diseases due to extra emphasis on students’ eyes and mind.
At the same time, in the other petition, online class operation was denied on permission of physical class. The court reserved its verdict on 6 October after hearing from both sides, which was pronounced today.
Private School Association in favor of decision
Anupam Choksey, president of the Association of Un-Aided Private Schools, Madhya Pradesh, said, ‘All the members of our association are only taking tuition fees from the beginning. Providing quality education to all students.
He also said that the Hon’ble High Court has taken care of all the parties in its decision, but when and how will the outstanding fees (which are not being taken in the period of lock down) be taken? No guidelines have been given in this regard.
Appealing to all the parents, Vice President of the association Vini Raj Modi hoped that after this much awaited decision of the Honorable High Court, all the foster schools will come forward to collect the fees.
The ongoing deadlock between schools and parents will end now. Also, their work will be able to run smoothly.