The Calcutta High Court has ordered 145 private schools in city to offer a minimum of 20 percent reduction in fees across the board. The court has also directed that the non-essential charges for using facilities that are not availed will not be permissible.
The parents of the students in the 145 schools around the city had earlier moved a petition in the High Court asking for a reduction in the school fees since only online classes are being conducted during the pandemic situation.
The High Court has further stated that there will be no increase in the fee during the 2020-21 financial year and from April 2020 until the month following the reopening of the schools, all the 145 schools will offer a minimum of 20 percent reduction in the fees across the board. The division bend also directed that the non-essential charges for the fasciitis like additional charges for the lab, craft, sports facilities, or extracurricular activities that are not being used currently will not be permissible during the months that the schools have remained closed.
One of the judges at the bench further stated that there are many parents who are diverting a substantial part of their resources to get their children admitted in high-schools with superior educational infrastructure and amenities.
A minimum of 20 percent reduction in the monthly tuition fee will be based on the tuition fee charged for the corresponding month in the previous financial year. The court has also stated that there will be no refund of fees that have been paid already.