In a stern order against Presidium School, Dwarka, the Directorate of Education (DoE) has asked it to refund the excess fee charged from parents, constitute a parent-teacher association and not charge any development fee during the 2015-16 session.
The DoE issued the order after receiving complaints about “arbitrary decisions” taken by the school over the fee hike.
Stating that the ‘present mode of fee determination’ by the school was illegal, the DoE has asked the school to redetermine its fee and fee hike in all classes, including nursery, and refund the excess amount charged by it from 2009-10 to 2015-16.
However, school authorities said they viewed the order “positively” and claimed that the fee had only been hiked within the permissible limit set by DoE.
“Many parents felt that the fee hike was unreasonable and therefore went to court. The court referred the matter to the Directorate. The Directorate has advised us to refund the excess fee that has been charged, but the school has never charged any excess fee. Our hike this year was also within the permissible limit,” said C B Mishra, a member of the school’s management committee.