Schools in Uttar Pradesh to return or alter 15% of the fees they received as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic: Allahabad High Court 

The Allahabad High Court has ordered schools in Uttar Pradesh to repay or adjust 15% of the additional fees incurred during the 2020–21 academic session, when the COVID–19 pandemic forced them to close [Adarsh Bhushan v. State of UP], towards fees to be paid in the future.

In a ruling in Indian School, Jodhpur v. State of Rajasthan, a bench comprising Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice JJ Munir stated that any tuition paid in excess of what the Supreme Court decided would be credited toward future fees.

“It is made clear that in case any fee has been paid in excess of what has been determined by the Supreme Court in the aforesaid judgment, in the case of the students still studying, the same may be adjusted in the fee to be paid in future. In case of students who have passed out or left the school, the amount may be calculated and returned to those students. Let the entire exercise be done within two months of date,” the Court ordered.

This news is written by Ms. Amrita Singh, Research Assistant, All India Legal Forum.

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