Private schools in Karnataka have won the court battle against the state government in the reduction of school fees during the pandemic. The court ruled that the reduction should be 15% against the state government order of 30%.
This is in lieu of the unused facilities by students during the academic year 2020-2021. Regardless of this, schools can give further concession or evolve different ways to provide concession.
“The school management shall not debar any student from attending either online classes or physical classes on account of non-payment of fees, arrears/outstanding fees including instalments,” the court ruled. Results of students who haven’t paid the fees cannot be withheld too.
The schools have also been asked to sympathetically consider on a case by case basis the request of parents who are unable to pay the fees. In January this year, the Karnataka government had directed all private schools to collect only 70% of the tuition fee as there were no offline classes from June to December 2020.
The Primary and Secondary Education Department had also asked schools not to collect any other fees including transportation, special amenities fees development fees. The schools were also directed to refund 30% if the fee was already collected in full or adjust it with the next academic year.
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