The Rajasthan High Court (HC) on Monday issued preliminary orders on petitions filed against private school fees and ordered school authorities to allow students to continue their studies online and to deposit 70% of tuition fees.
The state government issued an order on July 7 to postpone the collection of all outstanding fees, currently applicable fees and advance payment for all students studying at non-governmental institutions for a period of three months. During this time, the names of students may not be deleted by non-governmental organizations for failure to pay these fees. Various educational societies submitted petitions against the orders of the state government, which were later merged.
“In view of the foregoing, this court is ordering the school authorities, through a preliminary measure and pending the normalization of the situation, to allow students to continue their studies online and to pay 70% of the tuition element of the total fees for the year,” it said the judicial orders of SP Sharma.
The orders added: “The mentioned 70% of the tuition fees for the period from March 2020 will be paid in three installments to the respective schools. However, it is made clear that if students fail to pay the stated fees, they may not be allowed to attend online courses, but will not be excluded from school. The three installments are set by depositing the first installment on or before September 30, 2020, while the second installment is paid by November 30, 2020 and the third installment is paid by January 31, 2021. ”
The HC has made it clear that the question of the remaining fees should be examined when these written petitions are finally disposed of. The orders will be adopted as tentative agreements subject to the final decision of the case.