Delhi High Court: Cost of AC in schools must be borne by parents [6.5.2024]

The Delhi High Court has dismissed a petition challenging a private school's right to charge for air conditioning in classrooms. In its May 2 order, the court stated that "the cost for providing air conditioning services to the school children has to be borne by the parents."

The petitioner stated that the obligation to provide air conditioning facilities in classrooms is on the school management must be paid for using the school’s own funds and resources.

He further claimed that the levy of this charge on the students is contrary to Rule 154 of Delhi School Education Rules, 1973, adding that the petitioner should not be charged with the liability to pay the cost.

A two-judge bench of Acting Chief Justice Manmohan and Justice Manmeet PS Arora disagreed. The court compared the AC fee to other charges levied by schools, stating, "The air conditioning facility is no different from other charges such as lab and smart class fee levied by the schools."

The judges noted that while "the financial burden of providing such facilities cannot be fastened on the school management alone," parents must also be "mindful of the facilities and the cost of the facilities provided to their children" when choosing a school.

06 May 2024