May 13, 2010

Supreme Court rejects challenge to school fee law

CHENNAI: Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed appeals against the Madras high court judgment upholding the Tamil Nadu Schools (Regulation of Collection of Fee) Act, 2009.

The SC’s order came as a disappointment to unaided schools, which had counted on the appeal to oppose the proposed fee structure announced by a state-appointed committee formed under the Act. The judgment’s impact on the fee panel’s recommendations are yet to be clarified, but the ruling empowers the state to regulate fees and check profiteering.

School education minister Thangam Thennarasu informed the assembly about the "sweet news" that the legislation had been upheld and that special leave petitions by private schools had been dismissed. "The court has commended the state’s law and said it was valid," Thennarasu said.

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