While issuing the notice, the bench also extended by 20 days the May 25 deadline for these schools to submit their proposal to the Fee Regulation Committee if they charge or propose to charge fees higher than what have been prescribed by the Act.
While giving the interim relief by extending the deadline for filing their proposals to the committee, the bench slated June 15 as the next date of hearing of the plea filed by the schools.
The bench on June 15 would decide whether to stay the submission of proposals by these schools. Lawyer Nikunt Raval, who represented these schools, told the court that these schools have to submit a financial audit to the CBSE as part of the affiliation process, which includes the details of fees charged by them.
The petitioners also said the CBSE and the state government may differently assess their proposals regarding determination of fees, and hence it could be conflicting.
The group of CBSE-affiliated minority schools also argued against the Act, saying that they were already being regulated by both the CBSE and the National Commission for Minorities and accordingly, they cannot be put under the ambit of the new Act.
They said they are also protected by the Article 30 of the Constitution, which guarantees the minorities' rights to establish and administer educational institutions, and the Act should not apply to them.
As per the rules, all private schools that charge fees more than what it has been prescribed in the Act, need to submit their proposal to the Fee Regulatory Committee, the deadline for this year being May 25.
The Act provides for setting up of four such committees in four zones, having their headquarters at Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot.
The annual fee structure prescribed in the Act for primary, secondary and higher secondary schools are Rs 15,000, Rs 25,000 and Rs 27,000, respectively.
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