Good News for Parents : The state education department has passed an important resolution on school fees, ordering schools not to ask for fees until school starts

Good News for Parents : The state education department has passed an important resolution on school fees, ordering schools not to ask for fees until school starts

Corona epidemic is currently raging across the country, including Gujarat. Corona is affecting many people in business and employment. On the other hand, many schools are demanding school fees for their children. The state government has given a big relief to the parents who are in financial straits. The state education department has passed an important resolution on school fees, ordering schools not to ask for fees until school starts on March 22. If the parents have paid fees other than tuition fees, they have been ordered to compensate at the beginning of school.

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Not only that, if the fee is not paid, the admission is also ordered not to be canceled. Periodic lockdowns were announced by the Central Government. Schools were closed in that circumstance. Even in the present situation, there is a ban on starting educational institutions as per the instructions of the Central Government in this regard.

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The new academic session of schools in the state was to start from June 8, but the schools could not actually start as per the above instructions. However, in order to provide home-based education to the students, the state government has issued instructions to carry out educational work under Home Learning from the June 5 resolution. Which is binding on all schools.

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A public interest litigation has been filed in the Gujarat High Court alleging that private schools are forcing parents to demand advance fees despite the lockdown situation in Gujarat. The High Court has directed the government to seek information and file a reply. The public interest petition states that while some schools are currently being forced to pay fees, some schools have taken advance fees. The High Court should therefore order the schools to refund the advance fees to the parents and not to force the parents to pay the fees, as many parents are facing financial difficulties due to the lockdown situation.

The notification of the Department of Education dated 17th July 2020 has made provision for fees for alternative activity-facilities, according to which the fee for the same can be collected only from the students who are availing the benefit of such activity. Fees fixed by the school for extracurricular activities when schools are currently closed will not be charged from any student until the schools start regularly. If a parent has paid such a fee, the amount will have to be reimbursed in the fees charged at the time when the schools start regularly. This means that no fees can be charged for services that the school does not provide.

Gujarat High Court has given a big relief to the parents in the matter of school fees. The High Court has said that school administrators cannot demand school fees until the schools reopen. Amid the Corona crisis, the High Court has slammed school administrators for charging exorbitant fees. Schools cannot force parents to pay fees until school starts. The DEO will have to take action if the school does not force the payment of fees. A non-disclosure petition was filed in the High Court under pressure from schools to pay student fees during Corona's difficult times.

The economic situation is deteriorating. Even though the government is aware of this, the fees are being collected even though the private schools have not provided education from vacation and the bus or rickshaw has not returned for three months. These schools have nothing to say about it and the parents are trying to negotiate for fees even in the midst of such an economic crisis.