Saturday, January 21, 2006

Delhi High Court stays CBSE circular

Delhi High Court stays CBSE circular on waiver of fees to single girl children

A minority unaided institution Carmel Convent School has approached Delhi High Court to quash the circular issued by Central Board of Secondary Education forcing CBSE affiliated schools to waive the fees of single girl children (above and including 6th Standard).

The court has stayed the implementation of the CBSE circular and and has posted the matter for further hearing on March 27th.

The current legal challenge is based on Article 30 of the constituition allowing minorities to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice.

However I am surprised that no mainstream (majority) institution has challenged this circular based on simple unmaintainability of such rules. The Government may always bail out of forcing minority institutions while enforcing the rules on other institutions. Consider the recent constitutional amendment allowing state governments to frame legislations to enforce reservations in unaided private professional colleges. Minority institutions are exempt from this.

My previous coverage on this:

CBSE amends bylaws to waive fees for girl child
CBSE distributes free lunch, by robbing private schools

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