High fees: HC seeks response from govt

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday called the recent decision by private city schools to hike fees “highly objectionable”...

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 26, 2009 2:02 am

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday called the recent decision by private city schools to hike fees “highly objectionable” and asked the government to examine whether the institutions followed “mandatory provisions of law” while increasing fees.

In a PIL challenging the recent fee hike by private,unaided schools in the city,the Bench led by Chief Justice A P Shah issued notice to the Delhi government through its Education Department to look into the conduct of the schools. The court sought the government’s reply on April 29,when the case will be heard next.

“Have the schools followed the mandatory provisions of law with regard to their account?” the Bench asked. “This action is highly objectionable. Let there be some examination of the whole aspect.”

The court’s poser was prompted by a submission by advocate Ashok Agarwal,representing the parents’ association that filed the PIL,that the hike violated recommendations of the government-constituted S L Bansal committee that examined implications,including fee hikes,of the Sixth Pay Commission for recognised unaided schools.

The court has asked the government to place on record the committee’s report before it by the next date of hearing.

Filed on March 20,the PIL seeks judicial intervention to quash the Education Department’s February 11 notification permitting schools to raise tuition and development fees with retrospective effect from January 1,2006.

The government contended before the Bench that the Bansal panel recommendations formed the bulwark of the February 11 notification.

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