SC declines prayer for school fee cut in UP

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/23/2021 11:53:58 PM

NEW DELHI, Jan 22: The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a petition, seeking rebate in the fees charged by the unaided private schools in Uttar Pradesh and more particularly in Gautam Budh Nagar district adjacent to Delhi.
A 3-judge Bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan and also comprising Justices R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah dismissed the petition with the liberty to the petitioner to move the High Court. The petitioner had claimed it was the constitutional duty of the government to ensure all get education at a reasonable fee.
While Justice Bhushan said the court can't pass orders since the prayer was very vague, Justice Shah said the fees depend on the decision of the government and varies from school to school, when petitioner Animesh Khanna prayed that something should be done for continuous education of children, particularly when the exams are due in February.
The petition made the prayer on the strength of other states of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi among others have reduced the fees in varying proportions to ensure that the parents are not buckled under pressure from the unaided private schools in their pursuant of illegal profiteering during the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic.



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