Gauhati High Court has made an announcement that students who have not paid the monthly fee can attend online classes. The High Court also orders private schools to reduce the admission and monthly fees.
Exception and reduction of fees
The Gauhati High Court, on Friday, September 10, made certain announcements regarding the academic fee structure in educational institutions. According to the High Court order, due to non-payment of their fees to their respective educational institutions, the students who could not make the required payments should not be exempted from attending online classes.
Not only this, the Gauhati High Court warns the private educational institutions against over-charging the students with huge amounts of money in the name of ‘monthly fees’.
Therefore, given the Covid-19 pandemic circumstances, there is a need to lessen or remove the obstacles for students when it comes to getting access to education.
Why did the court make these announcements?
Friday’s announcements by the Gauhati High Court came after a petition that had been filed earlier by the parents of the students who were studying in private educational institutions for reduction of their monthly fees.
Furthermore, the High Courts also order the private educational institutions to send their overall expenditure and the deposit details to the respective committee i.e., the fee regulatory committee of Assam. Following the collecting of details regarding the expenditure, the final decision for the reduction of fees will be taken by the fee regulatory committee.
Opposition by Private Educational Institutions
The Gauhati High Court orders that after the fee is reduced the remaining amount of money will then be refunded to the parents of the concerned private educational institutions respectively.
As per reports, regarding the Gauhati High Court’s order to reduce the fees, 200 private educational institutions have submitted an application to the court in opposition.
Resumption of Offline Classes
Classes for the final-year students of higher-secondary, graduation and postgraduation have been started with strict Covid-19 protocols.
Moreover, the physical classes for postgraduate, graduate and higher secondary final year, nursing courses, and technical institutions shall be permitted for students who have at least got the first dose of the vaccine.
However, according to the state government, classes 1 to 11, the first year of post-graduation and the first seven semesters of graduation will continue on with their regular online classes.