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Payback money collected from kids, Himachal HC orders kindergarten school

Shimla, Jun 25 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday directed the principal of kindergarten school at Dhalpur, in district Kullu to take steps to payback the money collected from the 240 kids so that their parents can admit the children in other schools.
The Court also vacated its stay order passed on Apr 22, 2019, which the notice issued by the District Program Officer for shutting down the Kindergarten school.
A Division Bench comprising the Chief Justice V Ramasubramanian and Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary passed these orders on a petition filed by the Principal of the 'Our Lady of the Snow Kindergarten' School, Kullu, challenging the notice issued by the District Program Officer for shutting down the Kindergarten school run by him, on the ground of certain deficiencies.
On the observations, made by the Inspection Committee, the District Program Officer, Kullu had directed the Principal to shut down the school and shift the institution within 15 days to some suitable and safe area with basic facilities, namely Barrier free access, adequate circulation area proper ventilation, play area, child friendly toilets, failing which suitable action under law would be initiated against the principal.
The Court in its earlier order dated April 22 had stayed the operation of the order of District Program Officer, Kullu, keeping in view the admission of large number of children in the school and had subsequently directed the Secretary, District Legal Services Authority, Kullu to inspect the aforesaid school and submit the report.
The DLSa have been directed find out if the provisions of facilities as provided under the Regulatory Guidelines issued for setting up such schools by the Education Division, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, is made by the management of the school or not.
On perusal of the inspection report, wherein lot of deficiencies with regard to staff, building, minimum number of instructional hours per day, library, physical safety were pointed out.
The Court observed that the stay of operation of the order regarding closing the school shall not operate as a licence to continue to run the school for the current academic year and vacating its stay order in the matter.

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