The Madras high court has initiated suo motu contempt of court proceedings against at least nine private schools across Tamil Nadu which are demanding full fee payment from parents, which is violative of the direction of the HC which directs schools to collect fees in instalments due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
For the 2020-21 academic year, the Madras High Court in an order on July 17 permitted schools in the state to collect 75 per cent of the fees collected during the previous academic year. Of this, 40 per cent can be collected as advance fees on or before August 31. The balance 35 per cent shall be collected within two months from the date of reopening and commencement of physical classes.
Complaints were received all over the State against at least 111 schools for forcing parents to pay the fees immediately. But, based on a probe by chief education officers in respective districts, at least 97 complaints were found to be baseless. Only nine schools were found to have violated the HC’s order by collecting full fees.
Justice Anand Venkatesh passed the order after hearing the submissions made by the school education department deputy secretary K. Jeyalalitha.
The court issued notices to the chairmen of the schools to file a detailed report to the court on the contempt proceedings initiated.
The court then directed the counsel for the CBSE to file a detailed report by October 14 on the violations by creating a separate mail id and publish it widely so that parents can send complaints.