Parents’ Association Moves Gujarat High Court Seeking To Be Made Party Over School Fees Issue

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Ahmedabad: Following the standoff between the state authorities and private schools after both sides failed to reach a consensus on the issue of school fees in the time of the coronavirus pandemic, parents’ association has now moved the Gujarat High Court (HC) seeking to be made a party to the ensuing litigation.

In August-end, the Gujarat government had moved the court with an application seeking its directions on the way forward in light of two meetings with the private schools’ association that failed to bring the government and the private schools on the same page on an acceptable school fee amount that can be charged.

Naresh Shah, president of All Gujarat Vali Mandal, representing parents of affected students, filed the petition and said, “The schools are trying to mislead or misinterpret.”

Meanwhile, the private schools’ association also filed an affidavit on Thursday and said that in the two meetings with the education minister they agreed to consider school fee waiver ranging from 10 to 100 per cent on a case-to-case basis.

“We also mentioned in our affidavit that in our meetings, we discussed that we will not be going for our school fee revision and hike ranging between five to 12 per cent, as is done annually to adjust for inflation,” Archit Bhatt, representative of the self-financed schools’ association and a litigant party, was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

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