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Taking a serious view of complaints against schools demanding full fee payment in violation of its July 17 order, the High Court has directed the State to conduct an enquiry and act against errant schools.
The Madras High Court today warned that schools insisting on the full payment of fees, in violation of the Court's earlier order directing the payment of fees in instalments amid the COVID-19 pandemic, may be hauled up for contempt of Court.
Justice N Anand Venkatesh was informed today by the State that there were several complaints received from parents that Educational Institutions were insisting on the payment of the entire fees, despite the Court's July 17 order to the contrary.
On July 17, the Judge had passed an interim order directing that educational institutions can only collect 40% of tuition fees from students for the time being, while schools remain closed.
Parents were given time until August 31 to pay this amount. Further 35% of the tuition fee could be collected two months after schools physically reopened, once the COVID-19 pandemic situation had improved.
The order had been passed in a bid to balance the interests of educational institutions in paying their staff and that of the students and parents amid the COVID-19 crisis.
On Friday, the Court was told that there were institutions demanding the payment of fees in violation of this order, and further that parents were hesitant to give a written complaint on the same, fearing the consequences.
Taking a serious view, the Court has now directed the Education Department of the State to conduct an immediate enquiry into the matter and act against errant institutions.
Justice Venkatesh also cautioned that if any educational institutions were found to have contravened the Court's earlier order, contempt of court action may be initiated against them.
The Director of School Education, Chennai has been directed to file a report on the action taken over the issue by August 17, when the Court will take up this limited issue.
The main matter is due to come up next on October 5.