The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday called on the state government to consider lifting its ban on raising tuition fees for students in private schools as state institutions had reopened . The court has set February 28 as the next hearing date in the case.
A divisional bench of Judge AR Masoodi and Judge NK Jauhri adopted the order on the motion for writ filed by the Association of Private Schools.
The petitioner challenged the state government’s decision of January 7, 2022, in which it prohibited private schools from raising tuition fees, due to the conditions of COVID-19.
It was submitted on behalf of the petitioner that the order had been given regarding the closure of the institutions, but now the government itself issued on February 11 another notification opening all the institutions. As such, there is no logic in maintaining the ban on fee increases in private schools, the plea said.
For this, the public prosecutor asked for time to obtain precise instructions from the government.
Observing that the private schools’ plea had merit, the bench said it expected the state government to reconsider its ban.
“The state government should not overlook the fact that the academic session is to commence on April 1, 2022, prior to which the schedule of fee structure must be uploaded by members of the requesting association in accordance with the statute. The objections, if any, of the parents’ association must also be taken into account in the prescribed mechanism,” he noted.
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