India, June 14 -- Following the Delhi high court's order allowing private schools to charge last academic year's annual charges and development fee retrospectively, several institutions have started sending messages to parents of students asking them to submit last year arrears along with the fees of the ongoing academic session. This has put several parents in distress as many of them are still reeling under financial crisis brought about by the outbreak of Covid-19.

On May 31, the high court set aside two orders issued last year prohibiting private schools from collecting annual charges and development fees during the Covid-induced lockdown. It held that schools may collect these charges for the last academic year retrospectively, in s...