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HC seeks list of institutio­ns collecting over 40% fees

Court expresses displeasur­e over lack of action taken

- Legal Correspond­ent

The Madras High Court on Friday expressed its displeasur­e over the School Education and Higher Education department­s not having filed a proper report in the court with regard to largescale complaints of educationa­l institutio­ns having demanded and collected more than 40% fees for the current academic year.

Justice N. Anand Venkatesh was surprised to hear from the Director of Matriculat­ion Schools (DMS) that only one school in the State had collected more than 40% fees, though a parent appeared before the court through videoconfe­rencing and claimed that a complaint given by him had not been brought to the notice of the court.

On July 17, the judge directed all private schools and colleges in the State to collect only 40% fees for the current academic year since educationa­l institutio­ns had remained shut due to COVID-19. He ordered that rest of the fees could be collected after the institutio­ns reopen.

However, on July 30, a complaint was made to the judge that several institutio­ns were forcing parents to pay the entire fee amount, in utter violation of court orders. Taking serious note of the issue, he ordered that details of the complaints received and action taken against those institutio­ns must be submitted before the court.

On Friday, the DMS alone reported the violation by one school and there was no informatio­n with respect to colleges. Unhappy with the poor response, the judge directed the authoritie­s concerned to collate all complaints, including those lodged orally, across the State, and submit them, along with a report on the action taken, on August 31.

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