No Annual and Development fees can be charged by the school until further notice: Delhi High Court

    The Delhi High Court has restrained the schools from taking the annual and development charges from the parents of the students until further orders till the month of July. The Court has observed that “during the pendency of the present lockdown” the schools should refrain from taking the annual and development charges till July.

    The orders were given by Justice Jayant Nath while hearing a plea moved by the parents’ association of a private school. The plea was represented by Advocate Gaurav Bahl. A notice has also been issued to the Delhi Government and the concerned school to not take any annual and development charges till further notice i.e. till the lockdown period is over.

    Although a notice was issued by the Directorate of Education on April 18 directing the schools to not to charge annual and development fees during the lockdown period, several schools were still charging the same along with tuition fees for the month of July. The Delhi High Court has now served a notice upon the school and the Delhi Government to know their stand on the petition.

    The court observed, “In my opinion, prima facie, it appears that the annual and development charges cannot be charged from the parents during the pendency of the present lockdown”. The court has listed the matter for hearing on September 16.