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Calcutta HC urges parents to stop protests outside schools in response to a plea seeking fee waiver during the pandemic

Lawstreet Journal 12 Sep 2020 3:39am

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The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday (September 8, 2020) expressed hope that parents should desist from agitations in front of school gates while hearing a plea seeking fee waiver during the COVID pandemic and said the institutions could seek police action if such demonstrations broke out. 

“It is hoped that the parents desist from carrying out any agitation at the school gates, particularly since the matter is being considered by the court. Any report of further agitation at the school gates may be reported by the relevant schools for appropriate police action,” the bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice Mousumi Bhattacharya said. 

The bench, while hearing a PIL, proposed that the 145 schools involved in the case set up committees comprising teacher and guardian representatives to identify the parents who were genuinely unable to pay the fees because of financial trouble during the pandemic. “It will be open to all schools to consider such instances on a case-to-case basis without there being any generic direction in such regard. However, as far as the extent of (fee) reduction allowable, there have to be voluntary suggestions made by the individual committees of each school which is proposed to be set up by the order that may be passed when the matter is taken up next,” the order said.

“It is heartening to note that almost without exception schools which have participated in today’s hearing have said that they have entertained, on a case-to-case basis, appeals by the parents of the students who have been… Continue Reading...

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