Acting on complaints from parents that private schools were hiking their fees arbitrarily, the Delhi government Saturday asked schools to submit their proposals to hike fees by May 31, following which the Directorate of Education (DoE) will take a call on whether they can do so.
“… All managers of private unaided recognised schools — allotted land by land-owning agencies on the condition of seeking prior sanction of DoE for increase in fee — are directed to submit their proposals, if any, for prior sanction from DoE for increase in tuition fee for the academic session 2016-17, online through website of the directorate and upload the returns and documents mentioned therein latest by May, 31 2016,” stated the guidelines issued by the government.
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It added, “Any incomplete proposal shall be summarily rejected. The proposals submitted by the schools shall be scrutinised by the director through any officer or teams authorised in this behalf.”
Schools which have already hiked fees prior to the government’s orders will be required to adjust the fee based on the DoE’s response to their proposal. “If no proposal is submitted by the school in terms of this order, the school shall not increase the tuition fee. Any increased fee already charged shall be refunded/adjusted by such schools,” added the order.
The guidelines come as a relief to not only thousands of parents , but private schools which were waiting for the government to issue directions. “We are ready to submit all records. The government will surely recognise that hike is justified. Schools which are hiking fees without any purpose will also not be able to do so. It is fair,” said S K Bhattacharya, president, Action Committee of Unaided Private Schools.
Earlier, the government had warned private schools of ‘taking tough steps’ if they took ‘arbitrary decisions’ against the interest of parents.