Over a dozen private schools increased their fees for the new academic session in violation of a recent government order that said those running out of its land could not do so without approval from the directorate of education (DoE).
Parents, confused over the move, complained to education minister Manish Sisodia about the “arbitrary hike that did not have the DoE approval”.
Parents of around 250 students at KR Mangalam World School, Vikaspuri, said the school raised fee by 10% without DoE’s approval.
“From `30,000 per quarter, it has increased to `33,000 per quarter. We are not saying we will not pay the fees. But we just want rules to be followed and everything should be transparent,” said Somesh Arora, a parent. His daughter is in Class 7.
The school principal did not respond to any of HT’s several calls.
Delhi Public School on Mathura Road, Maxfort School and 10 others also increased fees.
“The school is overburdened to meet the EWS admission. We also have to pay our teachers as per the 7th Pay Commission for which we have to increase the fees. We have applied for approval,” said Manohar Lal, principal, DPS Mathura Road.
Maxfort School did not comment.
Action Committee of Unaided Private Recognised School — a consortium of school managements — moved the court against the order.
“This is a very silly kind of thing to do. When an Act of the Parliament under Section 17(3) of the Delhi School Education Act and Rules allow school management to take decision on increasing fee, how can government pass such an order,” asked SK Bhattacharya, president of the Action Committee.
The schools have to get approval from the government according to a 2004 Supreme Court order and a High Court judgement of January 2016.
A DoE official said the schools will have to follow the order as the court did not stay it.
“If the school goes against the order it is contravening the court order. They can take an approval from DoE and increase the fee. We are also trying to work out details so that schools can apply for approval,” said a DoE official.
392 schools are built on lands government allotted to them at concessional rates.