‘Primary schools can’t hike fees on own’

On A day an MCD team visited Shri Ram School to check the “actual position” of the institution’s decision to raise fees by 30 per cent,the civic body threatened to derecognise 783 primary unaided schools,recognised by the Corporation,if the schools raise fees unilaterally.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:January 22, 2009 12:35 am

Shri Ram School ‘checked’,Standing Committee chairman says fall in line or face derecognition

On A day an MCD team visited Shri Ram School to check the “actual position” of the institution’s decision to raise fees by 30 per cent,the civic body threatened to derecognise 783 primary unaided schools,recognised by the Corporation,if the schools raise fees unilaterally.

MCD Standing Committee chairman Vijendra Gupta said on Wednesday that schools have to give the municipality details of fees collected each year before increasing fees. This,he stressed,is to check whether the schools are passing on some of the profit to teachers in their pay packet,ostensibly the reason private schools want to raise tuition fees now.

“We want to know how many times schools have hiked fees and the number of times they raised the salaries of teachers after the Fifth Pay Commission,implemented in 1997,” he said. “We will not allow any fee hike in primary schools till the time we are sure that a school is using the money to pay salaries to its staff.”

As per law,unaided primary schools and public schools have to submit their annual audit report to the MCD. Under Section 17 (3) of Delhi School Education Act,1973,every recognised school is bound to submit full statement of fees collected by it in an academic year. Schools cannot increase fees without prior approval of the Director of Education.

While primary schools are required to send their reports to MCD,secondary and senior secondary schools have to forward them to the Delhi government.

Gupta also said schools that have increased fees after September 2008 will have to return the money to parents. “If any parent receives any notice about increase in fees,he/she can report it to the MCD’s Director of Education,” he said.

Meanwhile,post-MCD team’s visit,Shri Ram School’s chairperson,Manju Bharat Ram,said,“We showed them (MCD officials) all the documents. The decision for a 30-per cent fee hike) was taken with the approval of the managing committee,which comprises parents and MCD representatives.”

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