Srinagar: In wake of the recent unprecedented floods, the J&K High Court Thursday asked Delhi Public School, one of Kashmir’s leading private educational institutes, not to charge tuition fee as well as bus fare from students for the month of September and October.
The direction by a division bench of Chief Justice M M Kumar and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey followed submissions by five top other schools that they will not charge the fee and the fare from students for the two months.
Appearing in compliance to the notice issued by the court to them on Tuesday, counsel for Tyndale Biscoe, Burn Hall, New Era and Presentation Convent schools made the statement that they charge the fee and the fare for the two months.
In case any amount for September and October has been received in advance or otherwise, they said, same shall be adjusted in future months.
“Principal, Delhi Public School is also directed not to charge the fee and bus fare for September and October,” the court said.
“If they have received same in advance, it shall be adjusted in future months,” the bench said, and asked amicus curie advocate G A Lone to furnish address of other schools “so that notice is served upon them by the (court) registry.”
In another direction, the division bench took on record the status report filed by School Education, Health and Medical Education departments as well as Srinagar Municipal Corporation on record.
It also granted time sought by the amicus to file counter to the report filed by the Education Department regarding the reopening of the schools after the floods. The amicus sought time to file the counter after senior Additional Advocate General S A Naik submitted that all the flood-affected schools are functioning from makeshift arrangements and that all measures have been taken to keep at bay the possibility of infection to students.