AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court has permitted the district education officer (DEO) to cancel registration of Euro School in Hebatpur in case the school management does not resume online teaching for a Class 7 student, whose link for online classes was snipped by the school following a dispute over fees with her parent.
On February 17, the DEO ordered the school management to resume teaching the student by sending her the link for online classes. The DEO also ordered it not to withhold the marksheet of the student’s elder sibling, who was studying in the same school in Class 10.
The DEO had also ordered the school management not to repeat such mistake in future. This happened after the father of these students complained that the school stopped teaching his daughter over a dispute regarding fees.
Justice Umesh Trivedi issued notice to the school management and the education authorities and sought reply by April 16. In the meanwhile,the court has permitted the DEO to cancel registration of the school, if it does not obey the February 17 order.
The case involved a Vastrapur resident, Anshuman Shastr,i and his two daughters, Shararat (13) and Yugma (16). Shararat studies in Class 7 in Euro School, while Yugma was in Class 10 in the same school. Shastri entered into a dispute with the school over the amount of fees. He claimed that he had paid excess fees in previous academic year for his daughters given what the Fee Regulatory Committee (FRC) had permitted the school to collect.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic situation, the government’s policy compelled the schools to collect only 75% of tuition fees. The school refused to adjust the excess amount paid by him the previous year towards the reduced fee in the current year and demanded the amount from him. When he refused, the school withheld Yugma’s Class 10 marksheet and stopped sending link for online classes to Shararat.
According to Shastri’s advocate Vishal Dave, when Shastri complained about the school’s conduct before the education authority, the school claimed that it was granted an interim relief by the high court regarding the FRC’s decision of fee structure.
However, the DEO rebuked the school and ordered it restart Shararat’s education and part with Yugma’s marksheet, which it had no right to block. When the school did not start teaching the student again, Shastri moved the HC.