The Calcutta High Court issued an official order regarding the school fees of students in private unaided schools. The order issued by the court is that 80% of outstanding fees of the candidates studying in different private unaided schools must be cleared by 15th August 2020. The court issued this provisional order in a petition constituting the parents of more than 15000 students registered in about 112 private schools across the city.
Sanjib Banerjee, the Justice of the Calcutta High Court also ordered that none of these private schools included should terminate offering online courses to its students without any limits till 15th August 2020. Further, the court also directed the 112 schools not to forbid the students from taking part in the online exams. The court said that all these guidelines are applied to all classes and courses. The students who were excluded from the online exams or courses will be revived to their preceding role, said the court.
The Justice further added, ‘By August 15, 2020, the outstanding dues of each student, as of July 31, 2020, have to be cleared to the extent of 80 percent.’ The court highlighted that the petitioner represented the parents of more than 15000 students who are registered in 112 private and unaided schools across the city. Vineet Ruia, the petitioner also stated that the private schools in the city and other schools in the state endure demanding basic fees from the students despite the regular functioning of the schools for the past 4 months.
Some of the schools have banned the students from taking part in the online courses and exams who haven’t cleared their fees, said the petitioner. Kishore Datta, the Advocate General made several requests asking the state government via copious notifications. As per his request, the private, unaided schools need to stop increasing the fees and provide concessions on the school fees for the students. Finally, the Calcutta High Court directed the 112 schools by issuing necessary copies of the same order to all the boards and corresponding councils.