The Madras High Court on Thursday set aside the orders of the Private School Fee Determination Committee on various dates from November 8 last year in respect of some unaided schools which are recognised under the State Board/Matriculation schools.

A Division Bench comprising Justices R.Banumathi and K.K.Sasidharan passed the common order while disposing of petitions by Chinmaya Vidyalaya Higher Secondary School, Virugambakkam here and three other schools.

The Bench said considering the grounds raised in the writ petitions, an earlier order of the court on May 3 this year in a batch of petitions, was applicable to the present petitioner schools also.

It said it was remitting the petitions back to the committee for consideration of the matter afresh in the light of guidelines in the May order.

The petitioners’ contention included that the committee did not consider the total expenditure as per the audited accounts incurred by the institutions and the proposed fee structure was not commensurate with the actual expenditure incurred. No sufficient opportunity was given to the schools. They prayed for remitting the matter back to the panel for fresh consideration.

The Additional Government Pleader (Education), Sanjai Gandhi, conceded that the matter be remitted back to the committee.

The Bench said that in its May order, it had formulated certain guidelines for determination of the fee structure in respect of unaided non-minority educational institutions.

That order was applicable to the present petitioner schools also.

The Bench disposed of the petitions in terms of the earlier order.