No school student to be struck off rolls pending final decision in fee matter

Chandigarh, July 20, 2020: No student will be
struck off the rolls of private schools
in Punjab on account of non-payment
of fee, pending the final decision
of the High Court, which on
Monday issued notice on the
appeals filed in the matter by the
state government.
The move comes as a major relief
for parents of students of private
unaided schools who had expressed
financial difficulty in paying fee for
the lockdown period and whose
wards were consequently facing
threat of being removed from the
schools.
The interim relief came during
today’s hearing on the appealed
filed by the state Advocate General’s
office on the directives of Chief
Minister Captain Amarinder
Singh.
This relief will be applicable to all
those students / parents who are
unable to pay school fees and who
had filed an application before the
school and the State Regulator
under the Punjab Regulation of Fee
of Un-aided Educational Institutions
Act, 2016, showing financial difficulty.
The High Court asked the school
authorities to decide on applications
of such parents expeditiously.
The State of Punjab had filed an
appeal before the Division Bench of
the High Court of Punjab and
Haryana against the order of a single
judge allowing the schools to charge
fees irrespective of whether they
were offering online education or
not, and to charge actual expenses
incurred, for the lockdown period.
The single judge had allowed parents
facing financial difficulty to
apply for exemption/waiver of fee.
After extensively hearing parties
for more than two hours on the
question of interim relief, the Division
Bench of the High Court, comprising
Chief Justice Ravi Shankar
Jha and Justice Arun Palli ,orally
noted that ordinarily the Court
would only have issued notice on
the appeals, but the interim order
was currently being passed given
the apprehension and anxiety
expressed by the AG Punjab on the
effect of the judgment passed by the
Single Judge.
The

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