The Delhi High Court on Tuesday declined to amuse a public interest litigation (PIL) looking for directions to the Delhi federal government to take steps to waive off the school tuition charge amidst the ongoing coronavirus-induced lockdown.
A bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan also expressed displeasure with the petitioner and counsel and asked why did you not apprised the court that a similar matter was currently dismissed by the same court.
” This is clear misconduct,” the bench said, after which supporter N Pradeep Sharma sought an apology from the High Court and withdrew the PIL as the court was not encouraged by his arguments.
The plea, submitted by one Naresh Kumar, prayed for the interpretation of Force Majeure stipulations in the present pandemic situation and looked for directions to the Directorate of Education, Federal Government of NCT Delhi to take actions to fluctuate off the school tuition charge.
According to the petition, the impact of COVID-19 is constructing by the day, supply chains are being significantly disrupted and businesses ‘rights and responsibilities under agreements are entering into sharp focus.
The plea said that independent school administrations have been requiring school fee and other charges without rendering any services. It stated that the school admission type does not have any clause that in case of an adverse circumstance, the school would charge tuition charges for providing online classes.
” The students are facing several negative effects and such online classes offered by schools have other medical and psychological ramifications, which is against the concept of school education,” the plea stated.
” The schools are duty-bound to follow and abide the conditions which are a part of school prospectus and if there is no Force Majeure clause in the school prospectus, requiring of tuition fee, without supplying the real education, is a violation of law in regards to a contract and likewise versus the principle of natural justice,” it included.
The plea stated that it would not run out the question to discuss that the school prospectus does not contain any stipulation with regard to a pandemic or like scenario and even more that in such a condition, the school would provide online classes and charge tuition fees for the same.It likewise stated that the whole trainee community is dealing with a lot of issues to gain knowledge through the online education system.
” Some homework and class tests are required to be carried out under the assistance of trained instructors so as to achieve, through the online method of mentor. It would be necessary to discuss that independent schools are either being run by the Society or trust and are not doing any social service to society. Even otherwise, the school is a service provider and hence is covered under the Customer Act also,” the plea stated.