There will be no fee hike at over 300 private schools located on Delhi government land when the new academic session begins in April, a circular issued by the education department on March 27 has stated.
The remaining 1,400 private schools cannot cite implementation of the 7th pay commission to hike their fees beyond 10%, it added.
Last year, it was made mandatory for schools located on government land – such as the Birla Vidya Niketan, Sanskriti School and Delhi Public School-Vasant Kunj – to acquire prior approval of the Directorate of Education (DoE) for effecting the regular 10% fee hike. However, while 168 schools applied for the DoE’s approval in the 2016-17 session, only five received it.
The latest circular cleared some of the confusion over the fee hike. “In January, the government sent a circular stating that we cannot hold meetings on increasing our fees. However, a circular issued yesterday clarified that we are only restricted from hiking our fees over 10%,” said Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal of Springdales School-Pusa Road, which is not located on government land.
Under the 7th pay commission, the government will come up with a separate set of guidelines for schools to follow. So, the 300 private institutions located on government land may not be able to hike their fees until the middle of the academic session.
“Even if we apply for approval now, the state authorities will take time to process it. This academic year, the hike may happen along with the implementation of the 7th pay commission,” the principal of one of the affected schools said on the condition of anonymity.