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When more than a dozen private schools built on DDA land hiked their fees without taking the mandatory approval from the directorate of education (DoE), the parents stood their ground and took the schools to court.
Here’s what the parents have to say:

On Monday, April 11, Kalka Public School saw as many as 100 parents protest against the fee hike. More than 700 parents also protested outside The Pitampura and Rohini branches of Maxfort School saw an even worse situation with more than 700 parents protesting the rise in fees
Here’s what the parents have to say:

On Monday, April 11, Kalka Public School saw as many as 100 parents protest against the fee hike. More than 700 parents also protested outside The Pitampura and Rohini branches of Maxfort School saw an even worse situation with more than 700 parents protesting the rise in fees
K R Mangalam World School, Vikaspuri, allegedly raised their per-quarter fees by 10 percent-from Rs 30,000 to Rs 33,000-without the DoE approval. Over 300 parents refused to pay the hiked fees here
“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, whose daughter studies in Class 7 in the same school, according to an HT report
“The Directorate of Education issued special orders against Maxfort School, telling them not to increase fees. The school doesn’t seem to care at all,” said M L Agarwal, a parent, according to media reports
Perplexed about the “arbitrary hike” in fees, the parents took the matter to Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia.
Here are the views of the schools:

As many as 392 schools are built on government lands which were allotted to them at reduced rates
Among the dozen-odd private schools which reportedly raised their fees, are– Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj; DPS Mathura Road; Salwan Public School, Rajinder Nagar; St Angel’s School; and St Mark’s School
The schools claimed that according to the Section 17 of the Delhi School Education Act and Rules, ‘the management committee of schools and not government’ had the power to decide their own fees
“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,” said S K Bhattacharya, president of the Action Committee of Unaided Private Recognised Schools, a consortium of school managements
The government’s slow response to the present situation was also creating problems, alleged the schools. “The government came out with its last notification on February 19, stating that schools cannot increase fees, and said it would come out with detailed guidelines. Since then, we haven’t heard a word from the government. Most schools have already sent their proposed fee structures but have received no response,” said Jyoti Arora, principal of Mount Abu Public School, according to an Indian Express report
The schools also gave other pertaining reasons for their decision to hike fees. “We incur recurring expenses in establishment, which go up by 12 to 15 percent each year. This constitutes 70 percent of the total expenditure of the school. If we don’t hike the fees, we will not be able to pay teachers’ salaries,” said S K Bhattacharya
“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
The Action Committee of Unaided Private Recognised Schools has moved the court against the order.
Here’s what the DoE has to say:

According to the Supreme Court’s order of 2004 and a High Court judgement of January, this year, schools cannot hike their fees before getting a government approval.

In January 2016, a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath had declared that “schools cannot indulge in profiteering and commercialisation of education”. As such, the DoE was ordered to ensure that schools on DDA-allotted lands do not raise their fees without gaining a prior approval.

“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.