A plea has been moved in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to all private and unaided schools to waive fees or charges during the lockdown and till the time schools become operational again.
Moved by Amit Sahni, the petition also seeks directions to be issued to the Delhi Government to provide sufficient funds to schools so that they can meet their bare liabilities such as staff salaries.
Highlighting the financial constraints caused by the nationwide lockdown, the Petitioner argues that unlike other State Governments, the Delhi Government has not issued any direction to the schools to not to pressurise parents for paying the fees.
He also states that the relief sought in the petition is in public interest as it would give relief to hundreds of parents who are finding it difficult to manage their finances due to the halt in economic activities.
The plight of the parents who are engaged in the unorganised sector is specifically highlighted by submitting that it's hard to imagine that such persons would have long term savings to manage to pay school fees at a time when it's hard to get meaningful employment.
While making Directorate of Education, and Ministry of Education, parties to the petition, the Petitioner has claimed that the online classes can't be equated with physically conducted lectures.
In addition to this, he has substantiated his demands by arguing that the expenses incurred by the school are reduced to a larger extent as their physical infrastructure is not being utilised.