Private primary schools in the city will not be able to increase their fee as per the formula devised by the Delhi Government recently. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has said private schools recognised by the civic agency cannot increase fee without its permission.
In addition to this, schools that have increased fee or other charges need to refund the amount to the parents.
“MCD does not accept the hike in fee of private schools up to Rs. 500 as approved by the Delhi government recently. The MCD is governed by Delhi Municipal Corporation Act and is not bound to follow the decision of the Delhi Government. All the schools have been informed about the decision and any violation of the same will lead to de-recognition,” said Vijendra Gupta, chairman of the standing committee of the MCD.
The MCD has sent notices to more than 700 unaided recognised schools seeking financial information for the last six years.
These schools have been directed to furnish copies of the annual financial statement consisting of balance sheet, profit and loss account and receipt and payment account of the school and of the society for the financial year from 2003-04 to 2008-09.
According to the civic agency, permission to hike fee will be given only to those schools that have clear balance-sheet of accounts.
“Considering the fact that middle and lower middle class parents are bound to be affected by any untoward increase, hence before according permission to these schools to enhance fee and other charges, we would ensure that any hike is fully justified and there is no diversion of funds,” said P.R. Sawhney, chairman of the education committee of the MCD.
Arguing the fact that while the MCD was in favour of giving the benefit of the Sixth Pay Commission to teachers, it also wanted to ensure that it must not become an excuse for the school managements to collect unaccounted funds which are generally diverted for other than school purpose.