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No transport fee for schools- P&H HC

In June, the Punjab and Haryana High Court allowed private schools in Punjab to collect tuition fee, annual charges and admission fee from the students even while the schools are closed following the Covid-19 lockdown. The judgment also stated that the schools can charge tuition fees even if they have not conducted any online class for their students during the lockdown period. Pertinently, the Single Judge pronouncement is stated to have been made on the basis of the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Act, 2016. The appellant, however, argues that it has completely ignored the Haryana School Education Act, 1995.
Recently, the Punjab and Haryana High Court Bench of Justices Rajan Gupta and Karamjit Singh ruled that schools cannot charge transport fees and cannot levy more than 50 percent of maintenance fees for the school building since students haven’t been attending school for the past few months.
On September 18, the State of Haryana filed an appeal against the June 30 ruling.
All of the petitions directly challenging the June 30 decision are expected to be taken up for hearing on October 1, 2020.

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