On Monday, the Supreme Court stayed the Rajasthan High Court ruling that allowed CBSE schools to collect only 70% tuition fee and allowed them to collect 100% fee in six equal monthly instalments.
The Court imposed a condition that schools cannot withhold exam results or debar students due to non-payment of fees or instalments. Also, students appearing for class 10 or 12 exams cannot be debarred due to non-payment of fees.
However, the parents should give an undertaking stating that arrears will be paid later.
The Bench also clarified that it was an interim arrangement subject to final orders be passed after hearing and the interim order prejudiced the party’s rights and contentions. The Court further stated that this instalment arrangement is independent of students’ current fees for the year 2021-2022.
Hon’ble directed the Rajasthan government to clear outstanding arrears for the unit cost of private schools that cover the cost borne by schools to teach twenty-five per cent students who belong to Economically Weaker Sections Mandated by Right to Education Act.
This order was passed when the Court was hearing a batch of petitions filed by CBSE Schools(private) that challenged Rajasthan High Court order directing schools to charge only 70% fee.