Delhi Supreme Court
The Delhi High Court clarified that school authorities cannot bar students from appearing for exams or attending classes on the grounds of non-payment of school fees. The court made the comment while hearing a petition filed by a class 10 student from an unaided private school. The student was not allowed to appear in the upcoming CBSE board examinations due to non-payment of tuition fees.
Judge Mini Pushkarna noted that not allowing a student to appear for an examination, especially a board examination, is a violation of his or her rights equivalent to the right to life. The court said that barring a student from appearing for the examination on the grounds of non-payment of school fees would be a violation of the rights of the child guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. The court ordered the school board to allow the student to appear for the board exams.
The student told the court that he cannot pay his school fees regularly due to the financial loss his father has suffered due to the Covid-induced lockdown. The court took a compassionate position noting that the student cannot be subjected to such harassment in the middle of the academic session.