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Gurgaon: Regulatory body directs DPSG management to roll back fee hike, refund parents

FFRC chairman D Suresh dubbed the 70% fee hike as illegal at a meeting with the school DPSG management and parents

gurgaon Updated: Jun 05, 2017 23:42 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
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Parents of children studying in DPSG, Palam Vihar, had taken out protests against the management’s decision to implement a 70% fee hike.(FILE PHOTO)

The management of Delhi Public School Ghaziabad (DPSG), Palam Vihar, has been told to refund increased school fee paid by parents. The Fee and Fund Regulatory Committee (FFRC) gave the direction to the school management on Monday.

FFRC chairman D Suresh, who is also the divisional commissioner, said during a meeting with the school management and parents that the 70% fee hike effected by the school is illegal. This comes after numerous protests by parents against the fee increased by the school.

“The school cannot demand from the parents any fee it feels like. There has to be a systematic method regarding it. They have to first apply for recognition from the government and then they should also submit Form 6,” said Suresh. Form 6 is a form to be filed by a school with the education department within a stipulated time, which also contains details of the fee it charges.

Suresh added that the school management is supposed to return the excessive fee is has already charged from the parents.

The management was also told not to shut down the school without informing the education department and the parents.

The parents present at the meeting said they have been running from pillar to post for the last two and half months and are waiting for justice.

“We are hopeful that we will get a refund of the hiked fee because of the strong directive by the FFRC chairman,” said Dev Kumar, a parent.

Another parent, Jashwinder Singh, said, “The school has proposed a fee hike of more than 200%. We have got an assurance that this ordeal will end soon.”

The parents had also protested in March regarding the issue, urging the government to take action against the school.

Members of the school management who were present in the meeting said they had already applied for recognition from the education department.

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“We had applied for a no objection certificate (NoC) from the education department regarding our fee structure. When we get recognition, we will soon submit Form 6 too,” said a spokesperson of the school.

However, the education department denied giving a nod to the existing fee structure.

Deputy education officer Mukesh Kumar said, “No NoC was given regarding the fee structure. Only a provisional permission was given to run the school. They have to apply to the department for recognition.”

First Published: Jun 05, 2017 23:42 IST