Over hundred parents staged a silent protest outside the Delhi Public School in Mathura Road against its move to not roll-back the fee hike despite Delhi government’s order.
However, the school authorities said that only private schools need government permission for hiking fees as they are built on land alloted by DDA/other government agencies on concessional rates, and the Mathura road branch of DPS has a different land deed.
Delhi government had last month ordered DPS Mathura Road and DPS Rohini to rollback fee hike and refund the increased fee collected by the schools in the academic session 2016-17.
The move came after over 400 parents from both the schools approached Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia with a complaint alleging that the schools have arbitrarily hiked the fee.
Sisodia had also directed the Directorate of Education (DoE) to take necessary action against the “errant” schools that have not only hiked fees but also “compelled” students to buy books from private publishers.
DPS Rohini had announced rollback of the increased fee.
However, agitated parents on Thursday claimed that the Mathura Road branch has refused to do so claiming they have communicated their response to DoE and are waiting to hear from them.
“Despite government order, the school has not rolled back the hiked fee. They claim that they have replied to the DOE order on fee roll back and are waiting for a response,” said one of the parents.
The parents also claimed that the fee has been hiked by 17 to 20% this year amounting to annual fees of Rs 1,25,000 to Rs 1,40,000 per annum per student.
“There has been a systematic fee hike which comes to over 200% during last 6 years. Many parents are struggling to pay the increased fee while no additional facilities are being provided in the school,” another parent said.
School Principal Manohar Lal said that the land deed of the school does not have the clause to take permission from government before fee hike.
“The allotment letter given to us based on the land deed in 70s does not require us to take prior permission. We have replied to the notice from DOE and are awaiting their response,” he said.
The government has asked private schools to seek prior sanction from DoE before increasing student fee and submit detailed proposals in this regard latest by May 31.
Key documents including details of receipts and payment account, income and expenditure account, balance sheet for the years 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 along with budget estimates for the ensuing year, statement of salary disbursed to staff, and detail of all funds-- reserve, general and gratuity, also need to be submitted by the schools.