Delhi government acts tough, schools asked to refund extra fee within 15 days

Every year parents of children studying in private schools of Delhi/NCR have to pay the hiked school fees. As per the reports, many CBSE affiliated schools among others have hiked fees by 20 percent in the ongoing academic session 2015-16. Many parents lodged complaints, as a result of which the education department decided to monitor 122 CBSE-run, a dozen ICSE and thousands of state-run schools. This long-standing tussle between parents and private school management may soon come to an end as the Delhi government has asked 400 private schools to refund the extra amount charged within 15 days. Recently, Delhi government has fixed upper age limit for nursery admissions.

The schools have been given only 15 days time to refund the extra fees charged from the students. The defaulter unaided recognized schools are directed to comply with the directive and submit a status report within 15 days.

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Parents protesting against school fee hike. Image Source – AajTak

Last year 472 schools were directed to refund the amount within 15 days. But this year there are only 400. This raises the question that have the schools started abiding with the orders issued by the government or there is something fishy going on between the government and schools?

Till now only 43 schools have abide by the order to refund excess fees in JADSC’s eight interim reports. So far 1053 schools have been given a recommendation by the committee.

If the schools have charged excess fee to implement 6th Pay Commission but have not implemented the same are supposed to make the payments to its staff as per the commission recommendations, out of excess fee collected, with nine per cent interest, without further raising any fresh demand from parents or students.

As per the circular issued if after implementing the 6th CPC in the school, there still remains excess money charged from students/ parents by such school, it shall be refunded to the concerned person.

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In detail

Last year as per the orders issued by the Delhi High Court, a panel was formed which was supposed to submit nine interim reports to be implemented by the principals of schools. The constituted committee was headed by Justice Anil Dev Singh. The committee identified 472 schools to be overcharging parents on the pretext of implementing recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission while not doing the same.

In the committee’s eight interim reports, 472 schools were identified. However in the ninth report which was submitted to the High Court on December 30, the committee had identified 53 more schools as defaulters under the category.

If all goes well, parents will not have to shell out a humongous amount on the school education of their children.

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