The teachers of unaided private schools are entitled to the same pay and emoluments as those of government schools, Delhi High Court has held. Rejecting an appeal by a private school, a bench of Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw upheld the single-judge bench’s order directing Rukmini Devi Jaipuria School, Rajpura Road, to pay arrears of salary to its teachers with effect from January 1, 1996.
Directing the school to pay the arrears in four weeks, the bench also imposed a cost of Rs 30,000 on it.
The court dismissed the school’s argument that the pay commission recommendations are only applicable to the government-aided schools and not to private schools.
The court accepted the contention of Ashok Agarwal, the counsel for the teachers, that it’s a travesty of justice that the teachers are denied their lawful salary without any justification.
The court also held that the employees of all unaided recognised private schools are entitled to benefits of pay and emoluments from January 1, 1996, the day the fifth pay commission recommendations became applicable and the schools cannot deny or delay the same on the ground that it could not recover fee from the students.