Legal Action If Students Do Not Pay Fees On Time: Supreme Court
New Delhi, Oct. 08: School managements can take legal action if students do not pay the fee payments on time, the Supreme Court has clarified.
On May 3, the court had held that States cannot impinge on the autonomy of private unaided schools to fix and collect “just” and “permissible” school fees from parents, especially in the name of the pandemic.
The May verdict had come in a series of appeals filed by private unaided schools in Rajasthan against government notifications to defer/reduce school fees due to aftermath of pandemic (lockdown) from March 2020.
Some parents had refused to pay despite the judgment nearly five months ago. School managements, represented by advocate Romy Chacko, had moved the apex court again.
Clarifying, a Bench led by Justice A.M. Khanwilkar recently ordered that the court’s judgment in May “does not prohibit the schools from taking coercive action against the students who have failed to pay the instalments as per the arrangement predicated in the judgment”.
“The spirit of the direction given in the judgment was to give time to the parent/ward concerned to pay the fees, including by way of instalments… That does not and did not extricate the parent/ward from the liability to pay the amount specified in the judgment in any manner,” the court noted in its order.
While noting that it was up to schools to initiate action for wilful defaults in fee payment, the court said indulgence should also be shown to parents with genuine reasons.
“If any individual request is made by the parent/ward finding it difficult to remit annual fees for the academic year 2020-2021 in terms of the judgment, the school management has to consider such representation on case-to-case basis sympathetically,” the court reiterated.
Schools At Liberty To Take Appropriate Legal Action To Recover Outstanding Fee From Students : Supreme Court
In a plea seeking clarification of top Court’s order directing schools to not debar any student from attending classes on account of nonpayment of fees, Supreme Court on Wednesday permitted the School Managements to initiate appropriate action in accordance with law for recovery of the fees from students who have defaulted.
A Bench comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar and Justice CT Ravikumar has left it open to the School Management to consider the requests, if any, made by parent or ward seeking some indulgence for just reasons, compassionately.
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