//Court stays CBSE order on fee waiver for girls

Court stays CBSE order on fee waiver for girls

New Delhi: Delhi High Court yesterday stopped a Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) circular directing all schools under it to waive the fees of girls who were the only child of their parents.

The move came on a petition filed by the minority institution Mount Carmel School here, which said the October 2005 circular — applicable to girls from Class 6 onwards — violated Article 30 of the Constitution.

Staying the circular’s implementation, Judge Vikramjit Sen sought responses from the CBSE, the central government and the director of education of the Delhi government. It asked them to file their replies within four weeks and posted the matter for hearing on March 27.

Mount Carmel, through its lawyers Romy Chacko and A K Jha, asked that the circular be quashed as, among other things, it violated the constitutional article guaranteeing the right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions.