During the pandemic, the 10 private schools in Noida and Greater Noida, that collected fees from the children and did not refund it, have been served notice by the Department of Education.
The list of 10 schools includes – Sapphire International School (Noida), Shivnadar School (Noida), Ryan International School (Noida Sector 39), Father Agnal School (Noida), GD Goenka Public School (Greater Noida), Modern Public School (Noida Sector-11), Billa Bong International School(Noida Sector 34), Ramgya Public School(Noida Sector 50), The Millennium School (Noida Sector 50), Gagan Public School(Greater Noida).
Notices are also being sent to the rest of the schools. The department will send notices to more than 200 schools.
K Arunachalam, the general secretary of the All Noida Parent Association said, "It will be considered a contempt of court if any school disobeys the order of the Allahabad High Court. All the schools of Noida-Greater Noida are acting ignorant. ”
Shashi Bhushan Shah, a retired officer living in Noida's Supertech Ecovillage-1 said, "The Schools should immediately refund 15% of the fees. Because this instruction is from the High Court,”
The Secondary Education Department had given the deadline to schools till April 17 and failure in meeting the deadline would invite strict action.
Dr Dharamveer Singh, the District School Inspector said," In this matter, all the concerned schools were instructed to follow the order. In view of the order of the High Court, the Education Department had allowed 15 percent of the fees of the students studying in the year 2020-21 to be transferred to the account of the parents. The department had given time till 8 April 2023 for its compliance. There were frequent complaints from parents that schools were flouting these orders."
The Allahabad High Court has directed all the private schools in the state to waive 15 percent of the total fees collected in the year 2020-21 during the Corona period. The Allahabad High Court has given this decision after hearing the PILs filed by the parents regarding the regularization of fees collected during the Corona period.