Kerala High Court on disenablement of a student. (John Fletcher Vs State of Kerala)

A petition has been filed before the Kerala High Court challenging the disenablement of a student, John fletcher, from attending online classes for late payment of fees and face the actions by the school were violative of Articles 14, 19, 21 and 21A of the Constitution of India and the Right to Education Act.

The petition was filed by the father of a Class VI student of the CBSE affiliated Choice School which is run by a charitable institution called the Choice foundation. Arguing that the exorbitant late fees charged by the school even during the pandemic. The father also mentioned that his daughter was denied access to all online classes for this academic year for non-payment of fees and later found out from the school that he would be charged an extra amount of Rs. 26,400 for late payment of fees.

Justice Anu Sivaraman who heard the case, issued notice to the respondent school and posted the case for hearing next week. The petitioner approach the court through advocate Renjith B Marar.

The Supreme Court for the determination of fee structure in 2020-2021, which states that “the school Management shall not debar any student from attending either online classes or physical classes on account of non-payment of fees, arrears of outstanding fees including the instalments…”

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