Schools warned not to collect excess fee

CHENNAI: The Directorate of Matriculation Schools has issued orders to schools across Tamil Nadu that only the 384 schools that had filed writ petitions in the Madras High Court could charge 1

Published: 06th May 2012 04:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2012 10:16 PM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The Directorate of Matriculation Schools has issued orders to schools across Tamil Nadu that only the 384 schools that had filed writ petitions in the Madras High Court could charge 15 per cent more in fees than the amount fixed by the Private Schools Fee Determination Committee. The orders of the Directorate also warned schools against charging more than the stipulated amount, and threatened strict action against transgressors.

The orders issued by the Directorate come after the Madras High Court passed orders on Friday on a batch of writ petitions from 384 matriculation schools from across the State, against the fee structure fixed for them by the Private Schools Fee Determination Committee.

The court had allowed the petitioning schools to collect 15 per cent extra fees over the amount fixed by the committee.

The directorate’s orders also entailed instructions for the 384 schools on the collection of the extra fee.  It said the schools would have to issue receipts for the fee collected, clearly giving the fee fixed by the committee and must specify the 15 per cent extra.  These particulars must be clearly listed on the receipts, the directorate said. It also said the schools would have to ca-rry the same information prominently on notice boards on the school premises. It warned all schools against charging fees over and above what was stipulated by either the Fee Determination Committee or allowed by the Madras HC. It threatened departmental and legal action against schools failing to comply.

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