Schools cant force students to have food from canteen

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The Madras High Court temporarily restrained a private school in the city from making it mandatory for students to have lunch and snacks provided by the institution after paying the necessary charges.

Justice M. Sathyanarayanan passed the interim direction on a plea moved by Hiranandani Upscale School Parents Association, assailing the recent rule introduced by the school management.

“Going through the materials provided, the court is of the view that the circular issued by the CBSE only mandates the particular institution/school to inspect the lunch box of students to check bringing of unhealthy food, but not compelling the students to take lunch or snacks provided by the school by paying charges,” the judge said.

According to the petitioner, the circular issued by CBSE nowhere contemplates or permits the school to provide lunch and snacks to all the children in the school by charging for such services.

But citing the circular, the school had made it compulsory for all students to take lunch in the canteen run by the institution, the petitioner added.

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