Delhi HC: Presence of both parents not compulsory during admission

Delhi HC: Presence of both parents not compulsory during admission

14 August 2019 | Source: Oswaal Books Editorial Board

Recently the Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) released a circular asserting the presence of both parents during the time of admission of their child. However, Delhi High Court in a recent move rejected the plea.

The petitioner in the circular clearly mentioned that it is mandatory for both the parents to be physically present at the time of admission of their ward and while collecting the marksheet.

In addition to this, the parents are also supposed to sign an undertaking attesting the documents while seeking enrollment.

In its defense, the Counsel for the CBSE has stated that the Petitioner has misconstrued the Circular. The circular guidelines don’t mandate the presence of both the parents; presence of one of them would also be sufficient.

These not so practical rules have been detested by the HC considering it’s not resonable for both the parents to be physically present in school owning up to foreign employment, medical emergency etc.

The division bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Hari Shankar rejected the plea by terming it as ‘Private interest litigation’.