The state government should ensure that parents are not compelled to withdraw children from schools due to the inability to pay the fees, the Gujarat High Court has said. The government should pay attention especially in cases where parents find it difficult to provide education to the children due the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, it said in an order passed last month.
“Education is something which should never be compromised,” the judges said in the order passed on January 8 and made available on the High Court website on Tuesday. A division bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J B Pardiwala had taken up a public interest litigation `suo motu’ (on its own) based on a survey by the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM Ahmedabad) and UNICEF Gujarat.
The survey highlighted the hardship faced by many households during lockdown, more particularly due to the non-availability of mid-day-meals at government schools.