Can’t delist pupils over fee: Punjab and Haryana High Court - ECAS Punjab

Can’t delist pupils over fee: Punjab and Haryana High Court

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20

Issuing notice of motion on an appeal filed by the state of Punjab in school fee matter, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today made it clear that students would not be struck off the school rolls due to non-payment of fee.

The relief, however, came with a rider. It would be applicable only to students and parents, who filed an application before the school and the state regulator, showing financial difficulty.

The direction, by the Bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli, is in sync with the Single Judge order, against which the state had filed the appeal. Justice Nirmaljit Kaur, in her order, had made it clear that no child would be deprived of attending the schools and online classes subject to the parent moving an application claiming financial hardship.

The Bench, during the course of hearing, observed that not a single document, where an individual was facing hardship, was shown to it. Appearing before the Bench for private unaided schools, senior advocate Puneet Bali and Aashish Chopra contended that the process of lifting the lockdown started on June 8 and the plea of facing financial hardship had little force in it now.

After hearing the parties, the Bench questioned the state on the number of parents employed in the public sector, where the salaries remained unaffected.

The state had filed the appeal before the Division Bench after the Single Bench allowed the schools to charge fee irrespective of offering online education and to charge the actual expenses incurred.

from The Tribune

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