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Relief to parents as Delhi HC barred private schools to increase fee

Private schools built on public land got barred by Delhi High Court from raising their fee until April 8. To implement the recommendation of 7th pay commission on salaries for teachers, schools had claimed that they need to increase their fee. On 15th March, Delhi High Court allowed schools to increase their fee, which permitted schools to demand thousands of rupees from parents as arrears. But according to norms decided by government in 2018, schools cannot increase their fee without prior approval from the DoE (Directorate of Education).

If DoE has received the proposal from schools to increase their fee, DoE will audit their  finances and schools will only be allowed to increase their fee if they are found struggling to manage their expenses. Therefore, court directed the schools not to charge any interim fee hike. This is a temporary relief to parents, till the next hearing. Many parents welcomed this decision of court, but this decision could have been taken 15 days ago, as many schools have collected advance fee from parents.