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High Court Reserves Verdict In School Fee Hike Case

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today kept its verdict reserved in the school fee hike case after completing its hearing on the matter.

The Odisha Government during the hearing submitted a report of the committee on school fee hike.

The High Court on September 1 had asked the Odisha Government to take an initiative and mediate between the parent’s associations and private school authorities and resolve the row over school fee hike.

A division bench headed by Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq had asked the Principal Secretary of the School and Mass Education Department to conduct a joint meeting of the representatives of parents, teachers and private schools to resolve the fee hike issue mutually.

The Principal Secretary was also asked to apprise the court about the outcome of the meeting before the next hearing is conducted on this matter.

At least three PILs were filed in the High Court seeking judicial intervention into what they termed “arbitrary decision” of the private schools in the State to increase the fee although the institutes have remained closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The petitioners had also sought a complete exemption of the tuition fee by the private schools during the lockdown period citing that the State Government has declared the COVID-19 pandemic as a disaster.

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