Copy of the Order From The Deputy Commissioner
In the Court of Chairman
Regulatory Body for Regulating Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions
Deputy Commissioner, Mohali
Both parties heard at length.
and the children were being harassed and their online classes of were
closed due to non-payment of fees.
3.0 The school authorities submitted that there has been no increase in fees this year, and the fee structure is only within one head since 2013. Further, they stated that as per the only the tuition fees as per session 2019-2020 is being collected during this session and the order issued by the Hon'ble High Court Orders in CWP 7409 of 30.06.2020 they are allowed to charge 'tuition fees' as they have no 'annual charges' —which is being complied with school authorities.
4.0 The school on a previous date was asked to submit their balance sheet and expenditure for the last 3 years. The school authorities, present in court, with these stated that as per these, it shows that 80% of their gross income is spent on employee salaries and other fixed expenditure. They further argued that the Balance Sheet show a loss for 3 years and in the period of March to September 2020 — affected by the lockdown — they have incurred a shortfall of Rs. 70 lakhs on due to default of fees and would find it difficult to pay their teachers/ employees.
5.0 Further, they submitted that they have given concession in fee to the 14 children whose applications have been received as per the criteria set by them. They also stated that the detail of criteria for fee concession during COVID- l9 is already uploaded in their web site. Regarding the question raised by the said parent, it was informed that his application may have been filed but the school will check on it.
6.0 After hearing both parties and perusal of the record, it is evident that as per Hon’b1e HC orders in CWP 7409 of 30.06.2020 the school authorities are not barred from even charging annual fees, only they should refrain from increasing it and
adopt the same fee structure as of 2019-20 — the fee structure remains the same in
this case. In addition, if any parent was facing a financial crunch due to COVID19, they were at liberty to approach the School/ this Body for relief. The operative part of the Hon’ble Court Orders are stated below:
”In view of the above discussion and reasons for each of the direction stated in
the judgment.above, the writ petitions are disposed of as under -
a) The schools are permitted to collect their admission fee, hence forth .
b) All schools irrespective whether they offered online classes during the lockdown period or not, are entitled to collect the. tuition fee. However, they will continue to endeavour and impart online/ distance learning so that education is not adversely impacted due to the present or future lockdowns imposed due to COVID-19.
c) The school management of each schools shall work out their actual expenditure incurred under the annual charges for the period the school remained closed and recover only such genuine expenditure incurred by them including actual transport charges and actual building charges but shall not recover any charge for this period for any activity or facility towards which no expenditure was incurred. However, the annual charges for the remaining period shall be recovered as already fixed by the school;
d) The schools shall restrain themselves for the reasons, as mentioned above, from increasing the fee for the year 2020-21 and adopt the same fee structure as of 2019- 20.
e) Any parent not able to pay the school fee in the above terms may file their application alongwith necessary proof about their financial status, which shall be looked into by the school- authority and, after looking into it sympathetically, give concession or exempt the entire fee, as the case may be. In case the parent is still aggrieved, in any manner, with an adverse decision by the school on his application, he may approach the Regulatory Body, so constituted under Section 7 of the Punjab Regulation of fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Act, 2016. No parent shall misuse the concession by laying a false claim ."
7.0 In this case, the School has been charging fees under one head of 'tuition fees' since 2013 and has not increased the fees from 2019-20. Further, it has granted upto 100% concession in fees to certain students as per criteria set and published in public domain. They have also submitted their balance sheets and are shown to be in a loss. Even the Hon'ble HC had given the relief to both Parents and Schools to ensure that neither suffers due t0 any financial hardships and the interest of the children was central. As such, there is no case made out for a general grant in relief reduction in fees and there are no grounds reasons for the Complainants to seek this.
8.0 In view of the above, it is ordered that:
i. The School Authorities shall be allowed to charge the fees (i.e. tuition fees in this case) and other dues, strictly as per the law including the norms laid down by the Punjab & Haryana High ·Court in LPA No. 409 of 2020 and CWP No. 7409 of 2020 and connected matters vide judgements dated 1.10.2020 and 30.6.2020 respectively.
ii. The Complainant shall deposit the said fees within ·14 days of the fees being due or demand being raised by the School.
iii.. The School authorities shall decide and dispose of any pending applications for
individual relief - as per their criteria - in an expeditious and fair manner. The same shall
be communicated to the parents.
iv. The students whose cases for fee concession are pending shall not be debarred from online classes during the pendency of their applications .
Date: 18.12.2020 Chairman & DC Mohali
Endst . No 52-54 CIA dated 21- 01- 202I
A copy is forwarded to the following for compliance:
l. District Education officer (SE), SAS Nagar.
2. Principal, Saupin's School, Sector 70, Mohall.
3. Mr. Jasjit Singh and others.
For, Deputy Commissioner
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