There are also strict orders that the schools shouldn't withhold the results of the students in case of non-payment of fees.
Amid the horror of the second COVID wave, the Supreme Court provided a bit of relief to the parents on Monday, as it ordered a 15% rebate in annual fees, to be offered by the private schools of Rajasthan. The court also directed that no student should be barred from attending actual or virtual classes over non-payment of fees. There are also strict orders that the schools shouldn't withhold the results of the students in case of non-payment of fees.
In response to the appeal by private schools after the High Court's verdict
The apex court earlier this year, stayed the ruling made by the Rajasthan High Court, which said that the private schools should charge 70% of the total tuition fees in the wake of the pandemic. This was soon after the private schools approached the Supreme Court with this verdict and sought permission to demand the full fees.
A Supreme Court bench meanwhile upheld the High Court's judgment in rejecting the challenge to the validity of the Rajasthan Schools (Regulation of Fee) Act, 2016 and the rules framed under the law, governing fixation of school fees by the government-mandated procedures.
The Rajasthan government had said that they are awaiting the Supreme Court's final orders before taking any decision on the matter of how much fees should the private schools be allowed to charge in these circumstances. State's Education Minister said, "We want that court's regard should be maintained and there should not be any injustice to the parents as well."
Back in December 18, 2020, the Rajasthan High Court had announced the verdict saying that the schools running online classes should collect 70% fees. On February 8, the apex court, in its interim order, said that parents will have to pay the complete fee for 2020-21, but allowed them to pay fees in six instalments.