High Court to constitute two-member committee to look into school fee issue. The Calcutta High Court proposed the constitution of a two member committee to look into the fee issue related with some private schools in the city amidst the Covid pandemic situation. The Committee is to be headed by Suranjan Das, Vice Chancellor or Jadavpur University rpovided that Das agrees to the request of the court.
The direction of the court comes on the basis of 112 petitions filed in the court regarding high fees charged by several private schools. The committee as per directive of the court can take assistance of an accountant or a chartered accountant for letting the accounts of the school invlived in the court matter.
It, however, extended the deadline for payment till the next week. Claiming that only online classes are being held by schools, reducing their expenses on several fronts, a section of parents had moved the high court, seeking curtailment of fees. The high court said the two-member committee will be headed by Professor Suranjan Das, the vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University, provided he agrees to the court’s request.
The other members of the panel will be named by the state’s Advocate-General from among recently retired heads of the West Bengal Higher Secondary Board or Secondary Board, the bench said. The court directed that the matter will be taken up on Tuesday for constituting the committee and other related orders.
Approximately 112 private schools in Kolkata and other parts of the state have been named in the petition and the committee will be receiving accounts pertaining to the income and expenditure of the schools involved in the proceedings within a week.
The court has also stated that the particulars to be set by the schools should include the figures for the months from January to July 2020. The High Court bench has also stated that the numbers will give the committee an idea as to what the normal income and expenditure is if the schools and what the income and expenditure have been after the lockdown began in March 2020. The bench further stated that the object of this is to discover the variable costs involved and the extent of concession that the schools require to pass on to the students and the parents.
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