The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Delhi Public School (DPS), Rohini, asking it to explain why it expelled a prep student who could not attend school as he was caught in hostilities between his father and mother.
Hearing a petition filed by the four-year-old boy’s father, Justice S. Ravindra Bhat also sought a response from the DPS society and the state government.
The child’s petition said the school struck his name off the rolls on November 6 without giving him a hearing.
His advocate Ashok Aggarwal told the court that the school administration decided to cancel his admission despite an application from the boy’s grandmother and father to the school, explaining the dispute at home. The school authorities had been requested to take a sympathetic view of the boy’s repeated absence from class.
Justifying the child’s expulsion, DPS counsel Puneet Mittal said the student had applied for leave for 13 months from February 7, which was not permissible under the Delhi School Education Act.
He said the boy’s parents had also admitted that he had been admitted to another school.
Mittal said the school had repeatedly asked the boy to attend classes but there was no reply. “The school had issued show cause notices before taking the action,” he said.
The boy’s advocate sought from the court a direction to the school to take the child back as the dispute between his parents was amicably settled in November and the child was ready to start attending school afresh.
Terming the decision of the school as “arbitrary unjust and unfair”, the petitioner claimed the expulsion violated the child’s fundamental right to education and ran contrary to the Delhi School Education Act.
The court, after hearing the child version, directed the school and DPS society to file their detailed response by January 7, when the matter will be taken up for further hearing.