The Delhi Government, after sending notice to at least three private schools over unnatural fee hike, has made it clear to the private schools that they now will need to take permission from the government before doing so. The private schools in Delhi will from now on have to seek permission from the Directorate of Education and provide a detailed proposal to the directorate about the fee hike. DoE has recently notified two Delhi Public School branches and Kalka Public School, Alaknanda to revoke the hike.
The Education minister and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been instrumental in keeping a tab on the monopoly of the private schools in terms of rising fees abruptly. He recently tweeted “It’s School Vs Teaching Shops! I fully support schools but not teaching shops, till they start working as schools.” He asked the DoE to take action against schools which have not only hiked the fees abruptly but forced students to buy books from private publishers.
According to Director of DoE Saumya Gupta “All heads of private unaided recognized schools allotted land by land-owning agencies on the condition of seeking prior sanction from the DoE for increase in fee are directed to submit their proposals, if any, for prior sanction for the academic session 2016-17. In case the schools have already charged increased fee prior to issue of this order, the same shall be liable to be adjusted by the schools in terms of sanction by the DoE. In case no proposal is submitted by the school, it shall not increase the fee and any increased fee already charged shall be refunded/adjusted by it.”
A team of officials would scrutinize the proposals submitted by the schools in the website of DoE by 31 May. The schools, along with the proposals, would have to submit receipt and payment accounts, income and expenditure accounts, balance sheets of previous years, budget estimates for the ensuring year, statement of salary disbursed to staff and details related to use of funds.