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Ensure pvt schools don’t cancel admission of students for not paying fees: HC directs Gujarat govt

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The Gujarat High Court has directed the state government to ensure that private schools in the state do not cancel the admission of students for the failure of their parents to deposit the school fees by June 30.

The direction came from the division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice JB Pardiwala during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Amit Panchal.

Notably, Panchal has moved the court seeking a school fee waiver for the lockdown period in order to avoid the economic burden on parents amid the coronavirus pandemic. The petitioner has also demanded that all private schools should be prohibited from charging the full fees from parents under the guise of online education.

He has demanded that reasonable fees should be fixed for private schools that should exclude fee components such as transportation, maintenance, curriculum activity charges, etc, until schools resume physical operations.

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Panchal has also demanded that the state should direct the schools not to pressurise or threaten parents to pay school fees and allow the students to take part in online education without any interference.

Meanwhile, the court has sought the response of the state government on the prayers made in the petition and posted the matter for further hearing on July 17.

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