The High Court Bar Association, District Bar Association along with UP Vyapari Mandal and others have filed a PIL before the Allahabad High Court which seeks to reduce the tuition fees for online education, conducted by schools, by 50 percent. The petition has been filed taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected the families financially.
The contentions raised in the petition are that the educational institutions are demanding unethical and non-prescribed fees from the students for the online education and have misinterpreted the notification issued by the Government of Uttar Pradesh which had notified the school authorities not to force parents to pay advance fees during the lockdown. This collection of fees violates the model framework issued by the Education Division of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights for regulating the fee collected by unaided private schools. Further, it has been stated that it violates the fundamental rights and the UP Self Finance Independent Schools (Fee Regulation) Act of 2018. The fees collected for sports, computer, etc. is arbitrary and that online education cannot be equated to the education provided before the pandemic.
Further, it has been prayed before the Allahabad High Court that a committee needs to be constituted to decide the matters for collecting fees for online education. Appropriate guidelines have to be issued through the inherent powers of the Court. Along with the 50 percent reduction in the tuition fees, it has been prayed before the Court to direct the educational institutions not to threaten parents for paying the fees.