A petition has been filed in Hon’ble Allahabad High Court challenging the high and arbitrary fees charged by private schools in Uttar Pradesh.
In the instant case, the petitioners are members of the Parents Association Moradabad. They have alleged that private schools are constantly harassing children and parents by texting them and asking them to pay exorbitant and arbitrary fees for the 2020-2021 session.
Counsels for the petitioners have pointed out that UP Self-financed Independent Schools (Fee Regulation) Act was enacted to regulate schools’ conduct and their demand for high fees.
Section 8 of the Act states that the District Fee Regulatory Committee should regulate the fees charged by private schools/institutions and hear complaints of parents, guardians, and students. However, no such committee has been formed till now.
Due to the State’s inaction, almost all the Moradabad schools were harassing students and parents, the plea further reads.
Many schools were not allowing students to attend online classes or sit for the exam, and some schools have even removed students from the rolls due to non-payment of fees.
The plea further reads that the entire financial burden of Online Studies/tuition has been put on parents, including the cost of required infrastructure, internet connection and electricity bills.
This case is significant as earlier this year, a Bench headed by the Hon’ble Chief justice asked the State government about the criteria it would adopt to regulate schools fees.