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Delhi HC green signals interim Fee Hike by Private Schools

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Delhi High Court grants the permission to private unaided schools for interim fee-hike without the approval of Directorate of Education (DoE) quashing a previous order of Delhi government for selected private unaided schools.

The April 13, 2018 order included a land clause which prevented Delhi Private unaided schools from going for a fee hike without the approval of DoE. As per the clause, those private unaided schools located on the government land were required to take permission from DoE before going for a fee hike.  The permission was granted in response to a plea filed by the Action Committee Unaided Recognised Private Schools, through advocate Kamal Gupta.

Reportedly, the plea had contended that “the Delhi Schools Education Act equalised all schools, in the matter of pay and allowances to be granted to teachers and employees. Thus, there was no justification to selectively withdraw the October 17, 2017 order which permitted an interim hike of fees to implement the 7th CPC recommendations.”

The court’ 173-page judgment was out stating, “The decision for allowing an interim fee hike, as contained in the order dated October 17, 2017, being that of the DoE, there was no justification for jettisoning the said order, in respect of schools governed by the ‘land clause’, as was done by the impugned order dated April 13, 2018. The impugned order, dated April 13, 2018, therefore, cannot sustain…and is, accordingly, quashed and set aside,” reported PTI.

“…the ‘interim fee hike’ would operate immediately, in favour of all private unaided schools, without the requirement of any prior approval,” added the court statement.

However, the court also stated that the fee statements submitted by the private schools “will still pass through the Directorate of Education (DoE) to make sure that the schools were not indulging in commercialisation of education by resorting to profiteering, or charging of capitation fee.”

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