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Fee hike: Delhi govt’s final decision expected next week

The Directorate of Education will submit its final report on the proposed fee hike in schools to the education minister on Friday,sources have said.

The Directorate of Education (DoE) will submit its final report on the proposed fee hike in schools to the education minister on Friday,sources have said.

The DoE’s technical report has also made several observations on the recommendations already forwarded on this by the S C Bansal committee — constituted by the Delhi government to draw up a framework for the hike.

Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely has also said the technical report will be presented before the Delhi Cabinet soon. He told Newsline: “The decision about the fee hike will be taken by the Cabinet in two to three days.”

Schools in the city have been wringing their fingers lately over the delay in the government’s final decision on the hike. This has subsequently stalled the implementation of the new payscales for teachers.

The Bansal committee’s recommendation that a monthly hike of not more than Rs 500 should be adopted had met with much indignation by school managements. Lovely said on Thursday: “The interests of schools will not be compromised. We will create slabs for the fee hike,taking into consideration all factors such as the teacher-student ratio,existing fees and the parents’ income.” He said if a school still feels shortchanged after the hike,it could approach the government for another raise and submit its accounts for the government’s perusal.

The government decided on the various slabs for the hike after the Bansal report capped it at Rs 500 per month. DoE officials said several schools objected because the hike was perceived to be too little to meet expenses,after the increase in salaries. An official said: “Some,on the other hand,argued that the hike was too high for parents.”

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These schools,mostly in East Delhi,had feared parents might withdraw students and send them to government schools. Lovely also said the government has the financial knowhow on all schools in the city while the Bansal committee had interacted with 90 schools. Lovely said: “They studied the data on schools,but actually met the representatives of only 90.” The government’s final decision is expected early next week.