Schools say they have no option: Parents up in arms over fee hike by Delhi schools

On Monday, as many as 100 parents protested outside Kalka Public School over the hike.

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Published: April 13, 2016 3:26 am

After many private schools situated on DDA land hiked their fees despite high court directives and strict orders from the education department not to do so without government sanction, parents refused to pay the fees and have taken the schools to court.

On Monday, as many as 100 parents protested outside Kalka Public School over the hike. More than 700 parents also protested outside the Rohini and Pitampura branches of Maxfort School, after they hiked their fees.

Schools, on the other hand, said they have no alternative. “We incur recurring expenses in establishment, which go up by 12 to 15 per cent each year. This constitutes 70 per cent of the total expenditure of the school. If we don’t hike the fees, we will not be able to pay teachers’ salaries,” said S K Bhattacharya, president of the Action Committee of Unaided Private Schools in the capital.

Citing Section 17 of the Delhi School Education Act and Rules, schools claimed that the Act empowers ‘the management committee of schools and not government’ to decide their own fees.

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Schools have also blamed the government’s alleged slow response for the present situation. “The government came out with its last notification on February 19, stating that schools cannot increase fees, and said it would come out with detailed guidelines. Since then, we haven’t heard a word from the government. Most schools have already sent their proposed fee structures, but have received no response,” said Jyoti Arora, principal of Mount Abu Public School.

Schools that have reportedly increased their fees include Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj, DPS Mathura Road, Salwan Public School, Rajinder Nagar, St Angel’s School and St Mark’s School.

Somesh Arora, whose child studies in K R Mangalam World School, Vikaspuri, said, “Over 300 of us have refused to pay the hiked fees. We have submitted a representation to the school stating that the new fee is against government policy and we will not pay it.” The school increased its fees from Rs 30,000 to Rs 33,000 — a 10 per cent hike.

M L Agarwal, a parent, said, “The Directorate of Education issued special orders against Maxfort School, telling them not to increase fees. The school doesn’t seem to care at all.”

Declaring that “schools cannot indulge in profiteering and commercialisation of education”, a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath had in January ordered the DoE to ensure schools situated on land allotted by the DDA do not hike their fees without prior sanction.


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    Apr 27, 2016 at 11:41 am
    1. R
      May 5, 2016 at 4:17 pm
      Along with check on school by preventing them from charging very high fees ,there is need for check on the private colleges having affilaiations from various Universities regarding fees charged by them for gradute ,post graduate coursez and some lrofessional courses like Law ,fashion designing etc as the private colkeges are charging manifold fees for the same courses ,for which the State univefsities like Delhi Univefsity etc are having very nominal fees. The State Universities should not allow the education to be commercialised by private colleges by granting affklaiations by charging money from these prjvate colkeges and should keep the interest of students in mind
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        Arjun .
        Apr 13, 2016 at 1:02 am
        If the Education Act allows schools to hike fees on their own, how can Govt put the condition of prior approval?.. everyone is making the matter so confusing for common public...