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Education department shall conduct an immediate enquiry to find any violation of the interim orders

The Tamil Nadu Nursery Primary Matriculation Higher Secondary Schools Association Vs. The Chief Secretary to Government, Revenue and Disaster Management Department and others W.P.No.9987 of 2020 and W.M.P.No.12138 of 2020, 31st July, 2020.

The Honourable Mr.Justice N.Anand Venkatesh of Madras High Court passed an order on Writ Petition filed under Article 226 of Constitution of India, praying to issue a writ of mandamus directing the respondents herein to relax the order dated 20.04.2020 in G.O.(Ms.) No.199, Revenue and Disaster Management (DM II) Department passed against the educational institutions precluding from collecting fees from the students to the extent to permit the schools to collect the fees due for the academic year 2019 – 2020 and part fees for the academic year 2020 –21 to meet out the costs for paying the salaries, purchase and distributions of books, provisioning for online classes, etc. by considering the representation of the petitioner dated 27.05.2020.

The learned Government Advocate appearing on behalf of the Education Department brought to the notice of this Court that there are several complaints received from parents to the effect that the Educational Institutions are insisting for the payment of the entire fees in violation of the interim orders passed by this Court on 17.07.2020. It is also brought to the notice of this Court that the parents are hesitant to give a written complaint fearing consequences.

The Court stated that;

This Court is taking a very serious note of the violation that has been brought to its notice. Based on the oral complaint, the Education Department shall conduct an immediate enquiry and if it is found that the Institutions are collecting fees in violation of the interim orders passed by this Court, immediate action shall be taken against the Schools. The particulars of the Schools shall also be provided to this Court and if this Court finds that there is any violation, this Court will not hesitate to initiate Contempt Proceedings against the persons in charge of the School. The Director of School Education, Chennai, shall file a report on the action taken.

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