Pvt schools’ tuition fee likely to be reduced by 30 pc

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 11: The Government of Jammu and Kashmir is likely to direct all the private schools to reduce tuition fee of students by 30 per cent in view of closure of schools due to Coronavirus lockdown from March to September 2020.
Official sources told the Excelsior that a formal order in this regard may be issued after approval of the Law Department and Fee Fixation Committee, which have been formally asked by the School Education Department to give their opinion on the same.
In a tweet, Principal Secretary School Education and Skill Development, Dr Asgar Samoon said: “In view of recent judgements of High Courts of Madras & Rajasthan; Govt may direct private schools to reduce tuition fees of students by 30 per cent in view of closure of schools due to COVID 19 lockdown for March to Sept 2020; views of parents & management solicited.”
Recently Rajasthan High Court directed private schools to collect only 70 per cent tuition fees from students in three installments. The Court said: “The said 70 per cent of the tuition fees shall be paid for the period from March 2020 in three installments to the respective schools. However, it is being made clear that on non-payment of the said fees the student(s) may not be allowed to join online classes, but shall not be expelled from the school. The three installments shall be fixed by depositing the first installment on or before September 30, while the second installment shall be paid by November 30 and the third by January 31, 2021.” Similarly Madras High Court allowed schools to collect an ‘advance’ fee of 40 per cent from students before August 31 as an interim measure. The remaining 35 per cent of the fee (minus 40 per cent advance) shall be collected within two months from the date of reopening of institutions and commencement of physical classes.