May 23, 2009

Delhi Government acknowledges school fee hike

New Delhi: The state government recently defended itself to the High Court for approving a hike in the school fees.
According to the government, the schools have hiked their fees to meet the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission to revise salaries of teachers.
The government has opposed the petition filed by three non-government organizations (NGO) challenging the fee hike in its counter affidavit.
According to the petition filed by Delhi Abhibhavak Mahasangh, Social Jurist and Faith Academy Parents' Association - the government should have at least examined the financial records of the 99 schools and the parameters laid down by the Supreme Court and the High Court before allowing these schools to increase their fees.
The NGOs have also insisted the Court to issue directions for refund of the hike in fees collected from parents.
Apart from this, the government should ensure that auditing of accounts be done on a regular basis by the Controller and Auditor-General of India of these schools.