T-Govt to take action against schools violating fee norms

Hyderabad, June 22: Telangana State Education Department on Tuesday informed the Telangana High Court that it would take action against violation of fee norms by private schools under their supervision.

The department will also inform the Central Board Of Secondary Education (CBSE), Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE), and other boards about such violations by schools under their supervision, it added.

As per GO 46, private schools and unaided schools under the State Board or CBSE, ICSE, and other international boards shall not increase the fee in the academic year 2020-2021 and shall only charge tuition fees on monthly basis.

The High Court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the Hyderabad School Parents Association (HSPA) which alleged that private schools are violating the government order by imposing high fees for online classes.

Responding to the Court’s inquiry into the violations by certain schools, the State Education Department stated that it has already taken action against such schools and will take on others.

The violation of the government orders would attract the cancellation of school recognition and revoke of no objection certificate issued by the government to the school, as well as ‘appropriate’ action against the school management under relevant act/rules.

While recording the government’s explanation, the Court set aside the PIL, stating that there is no need for further hearing on online classes since the government has lifted the lockdown completely.

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