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Delhi High Court allowed Delhi Govt. to implement the refund of excess fee from Private Schools

Jan 27, 2014 18:35 IST

    The Delhi high court on 24 January 2014 ordered the Delhi government to implement recommendations of a panel on the unaided private schools' fee structure in which the panel asked nearly 250 Private schools to refund the "excess amount" charged by the Parents along with providing 9% percent interest.

    A division bench of Justice BD Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul stated the Delhi government about the 4 four reports submitted by the committee on the basis of inspection of fee structures of unaided private schools and directed the Delhi government that it is free to implement the recommendations.

    The Bench ordered that the Delhi Government is now allowed by the court to implement the recommendations stated in the report to procure extra fee charged by the list of schools mentioned in the reports, which is to be returned back to the parents along with interest.

    The Justice Anil Dev Singh Committee, who made that report and recommendations, has up till now inspected the fee accounts of 605 unaided private schools out of a total 1,172 institutions in Delhi. The committee recommended 242 schools to return the excess fees they have collected from the parents in 2008 to 2011, by paying 9% interest extra along.

    The committee also demanded strict action against those schools who either had maintained no records or their accounts were fudged. Such 100 schools will face strict action against them.

    The fee hike occurred after the implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission in the city, seeing which the unaided Private schools also raised their fees, citing ‘additional financial burden due to increased salaries of teachers’.

    In August 2011, the court asked the set up of a three-member committee to audit the accounts of each of the schools to check if the fee hike by those schools was really required.

    This order came after an NGO Social Jurists filed a petition, through advocate Agarwal, who alleged that fee hike by schools was "unreasonable" and also the schools failed to pay the salaries of the teaching and non-teaching staff as per the 6TH pay panel recommendations.

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