Shimla, July 15
The Himachal Pradesh High Court has restrained the celebrated Lawrence School at Sanawar in Kasauli hills, which boasts of alumni like Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, from receiving further charges for holding digital courses owing to the pandemic.
A Division Bench of Justices Tarlok Singh Chauhan and Joytsna Rewal Dua directed the state Education Secretary and the varsity headmaster to file reply or directions earlier than the subsequent date of listening to on July 20.
In a one-page order on Tuesday, the court docket restrained the varsity from receiving the steadiness quantity of price of Rs 1,70,800.
The court docket handed the order on the petition of Deepak Gupta, who moved the court docket on July 7. His son is in Class eight of the boarding faculty positioned in Solan district.
“Sending the child to the boarding is a big decision, which is always taken by the parents for the betterment of child’s future so that he could become physically and mentally strong,” the petitioner mentioned.
He mentioned the varsity demanded a complete price of Rs 6,36,200 in January because it was payable in two installments. The first installment was of Rs 401,700 and was paid earlier than February 15.
The second installment of Rs 2,34,500 was to be paid on or earlier than July 15.
He mentioned the varsity opened on February 15 and the kid was taken to dwelling on March 17 because of the pandemic.
The petitioner mentioned the state greater training on May 27 directed the non-public colleges to not cost any price, besides tuition price, and the schooling price couldn’t be collected on a quarterly foundation.
Nearly 140 mother and father despatched a digitally signed illustration requesting the varsity for waiving the varsity price.
Ignoring the mother and father’ request, the varsity on July three demanded Rs 1,70,800, as an alternative of Rs 2,34,500 from the mother and father, lowering the price merely to 11 per cent (Rs 63,700).
The faculty began the web courses on April 6, comprising 4 sections of 120 college students in a single go in comparison with common courses of 20 to 30 college students.
Moreover, the petition says, there aren’t any extracurricular actions together with no board and lodging amenities prolonged to the scholars amid the lockdown.
The residential Lawrence School additionally boasts of alumni like Punjab’s former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah. IANS