The Rajasthan High Court on Thursday disposed of a PIL seeking waiver of school fees, after the Government apprised the court that a policy decision for the same had been taken.
The Petitioner, Advocate Rajeev Bhushan Bansal had approached the High Court stating that due to lockdown situation, parents are unable to pay necessary fee to the private school authorities. Hence, he prayed that payment of school fee be waived off for the time being.
A Division Bench comprising of Justice Sabina and Justice Chandra Kumar Songara however held that there was no ground for interference in the matter as the State Government had already taken a policy decision on this aspect.
Additional Advocate General Ganesh Meena, had informed the court that on April 9, 2020, the Government had issued an order for deferring the due payment of private schools fee, as on March 15, 2020, for three months.
The court was further informed that the name of any student will not be struck off from the school rolls, merely on account of non-payment of fee for the said period.
In view thereof, the petition was disposed of for having "no ground for further interference".
Earlier this week, the Uttarkhand High Court had also restrained all private unaided schools in the state from demanding tution fee from parents, in view of the lockdown situation. The High Court clarified that only those students, who are able to access the online course being offered by the private educational institutions, would be required to pay the tuition fee. Children, who do not have access to the online course, cannot be asked to pay the tuition fee.
Case Title: Rajeev Bhushan Bansal v. State Of Rajasthan & Ors.
Case No.: WP PIL No. 5338/2020
Quorum: Justice Sabina and Justice Chandra Kumar Songara
Appearance: Petitioner in person; AAG Ganesh Meena and Advocates Anuroop Singhi and MS Raghav (for Respondents)
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