PIL for Waiver of School Fees Amid Lockdown Filed in Delhi HC

A PIL seeking a waiver of school fees has been filed in the Delhi High Court. Filed by Amit Sahni, the plea prays for the waiver given the lockdown. The petitioner highlights the financial constraints faced by parents amid the lockdown. He states, schools should not pressurise them for payment of school fees. He further adds that state governments other than Delhi have already addressed the issue. Thus, the petitioner has made the Directorate of Education and Ministry of Education parties to the petition.

The petitioner submits that parents working in the unorganised sector are in a deplorable plight. He states, we cannot expect them to have long term savings in order to pay the school fees. Furthermore, schools are not having many expenses since their physical infrastructure is not in use. He claims that online education is not the same as physical lectures.

Thus, the petitioner seeks directions to be issued to private and unaided schools to waive fees during the lockdown until the time schools become operational again. The petition also prays for issuance of directions to the Delhi Government to provide sufficient funds to these schools. The objective behind this is to ensure that they can meet their basic liabilities such as providing salaries to the staff. The nature of the relief sought is public since it would help hundreds of parents facing financial crisis in these difficult times.

The petitioner sought an urgent listing of the petition. Thus, he mentioned the matter before the registry of the Delhi HC. However, the High Court refused to grant an urgent hearing of the PIL to Mr. Sahni.