Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (KeSCPCR) directed that the educational institutions in the state should allow 25 percent deduction in the fees this year considering the pandemic crisis. The full bench consisting of chairman K V Manoj Kumar and members K Naseer and C Vijayakumar made it clear that this order will be applicable for government, CBSE and ICSE schools.
The commission took the action on the basis of the complaint filed by parents of the students of Manjeri ACE Public School. Though the school allowed a deduction of Rs 500 in school fees except for the months of June and July, those who did not pay the fees were removed from online classes, they alleged.
The school management's claim that they can't allow any deduction in fees when all people are going through COVID crisis cannot be accepted. The parents should pay the fee deducting 25 percent from current amount. Those children should not be denied classes and the CBSE Regional Director should make sure this, the commission said.
The educational institutions have the right to charge fees from students, but they should provide at least 25 percent deduction not to affect their studies. Many institutions have already granted deduction in fees without any particular instruction. Complaints have arisen that many students were denied chances to attend classes for not paying to fees.
An order should be issued which is applicable for the CBSE schools too as the high court had ordered that the government can form a policy regarding the fees structure in such schools. However, the schools which already granted 25 percent deduction in fees need not further deduct the fees. Reversing this deduction can be considered after the crisis ends, the order pointed out.