The Delhi Abhibhawak Mahasangh, a body representing parents of students of various private schools, has alleged that the Delhi government was deliberately not checking accounts of private schools, to justify the fee hike.
“Many schools have huge reserves of money stacked in their accounts. They can implement the Sixth Pay Commission without imposing higher fees. But to serve their own interests, the government has let schools impose the fee hike on parents, without first examining their financial records,” said Vijender Gupta, the body’s president, who is also the BJP’s candidate from Chandni Chowk for the Lok Sabha polls.
He appealed to parents not to deposit the hiked fee and arrears till the government examined the financial records of schools or the high court came out with a decision.
Parents complained they were being harassed as they were unable to deposit the hiked fee.
“The Delhi government has failed to prevent parents from harassment due to the non-payment of fees. How are we supposed to come up with so much money on such short notice, especially during the current economic downturn?” asked a parent, on condition of anonymity.
“I do not think that authorities at my child’s schools are spending as much money as they project it to be. Not only have schools hiked tuition fees, but also development charges and annual fees. Why did the government not think about the parents before implementing the Sixth Pay Commission?” the parent added, demanding a probe into the funds of various schools.
Stating that most schools could afford to pay teachers higher salaries, Ashok Aggrawal, an advocate said that any parent facing problems with school authorities could approach the body, and they would represent them free of cost.