Delhi government has directed all 472 schools identified by the Justice Anil Dev Committee on fee review to return within 15 days the excess fees charged by them and submit compliance reports to the education department. An RTI submitted by the department to the Delhi High Court has revealed that only five out of 330 schools had refunded money to the parents till December 2014.
This, even as more than Rs 2 crore have already been spent in the running of the committee. According to the RTI accessed by The Indian Express, until December 2014, only five out of 330 schools asked to pay back excess fee had done so. While Rs 2.11 crore was spent on the committee’s running since its inception in 2011 till December’ 14, the total amount refunded by the five schools to parents is only Rs 51,17,952.
The highest amount restored to parents by any school is Rs 19.46 lakh paid by Aakash Model School at Baljeet Nagar. B.R Tyagi Public Senior Secondary School in Rohini has paid Rs 18.35 lakh. Ch. Khusi Ram Model School in Nangloi has paid Rs 7.15 lakh, Nav Jyoti Public School, Sultanpuri, has paid Rs 3.99 lakh and CPM Public School, Sultanpuri, Rs 2.21 lakh.
The Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee was established in September 2011 to study if the city’s public unaided schools had raised student fee citing the Sixth Central Pay Commission recommendations without actually raising teachers’ salaries. The committee studied the records of 745 schools until 2014. Of these 330 were asked to pay back the excess fee charged, 95 were recommended for “special inspection” and 208 schools were cleared.