A day after the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) threatened to serve a show cause notice on The Shri Ram School, the institution sent a letter to the civic body clarifying that there has been no fee hike for its junior wing in Vasant Vihar yet.
The clarification issued by the director of the school Mark Parkinson comes in wake of a strong reaction that the school’s circular elicited from Vijendra Gupta, Chairman Standing Committee, MCD, on Tuesday.
The notice dated January 16 had asked parents to pay Rs 23,000 in three installments to clear the salary arrears of teachers. The annual fee has been increased from Rs 48,000 to 68,000.
“We have not enforced the new fee structure yet. The notice just informs parents about the new amount they are likely to pay in the future and this has been communicated to the MCD. There is no change in fee yet for the January to March quarter,” said Manju Bharat Ram, chairperson of the trust that runs the Shri Ram Schools in India.
The MCD, however, has ordered a detailed audit of the balance sheet of all junior schools recognised by the civic agency in wake of the Shri Ram School row. This has been done to ensure that no other school is trying to enforce a fee hike.
“The schools will have to furnish a report carrying details of fee hike since 1996-97, that year the Fifth Pay Commission was first implemented. The report would provide information on the number of employees in the institution, their salaries, grades, salary hikes in the past, the school reserve funds and the number of students,” said Gupta.
Any irregularity on part of the schools would result in its de-recognition, he said.
That apart, no mid-term increase in fee would be allowed by the civic agency.
“Schools, which have already recovered the hiked fees from parents, should refund the fees immediately. If the directions of the MCD are not complied with, then their recognition will be cancelled,” Gupta said.