The Kerala High Court is unhappy over the Central Board of Secondary Education’s (CBSE) stand that the state government cannot intervene in the determination of school fees. The HC has directed the state government to give an explanation within one week with regards to this matter and suggested that a decision should be made after examining the revenue and expenditure of the schools.
Earlier, parents approached the High Court after their wards were expelled from attending online class over non-payment of fees. Various school managements filed a petition stating that parents of school children were taking advantage of the Covid-19 and did not pay the fees for the 2020-21 academic year.
The Kerala HC had directed the parents to pay 50% of the first term. The school authorities told the court that many parents did not even pay the reduced fees, adding that the petitioners asked parents not to pay the first term fees as the case was under the HC’s consideration. On November 24, the HC bench comprising of Justice Devan Ramachandran directed that parents must pay up the first term fees within two weeks.