SC observes schools charging fees during pandemic amounts to ‘profiteering’

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has observed that educational institutions must reduce fees as maintenance costs are low during the pandemic.

The apex court bench led by Justice Khanwilkar in a judgment noted that demanding fee for facilities not availed amounts to “profiteering and commercialization”.

Charging fees during COVID when classes are running online amounts to undeserved earning by the schools without offering such facilities to the students, the Supreme Court said.

The Supreme Court directed Rajasthan private schools to give a 15% deduction in annual school fees for the period 2020-21. The SC was hearing an appeal filed by some private schools of Rajasthan against HC order upholding the Rajasthan government’s direction to schools to give a deduction of 30% in fees.