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BJP opposes fee hike in schools

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Delhi BJP president O. P. Kohli has demanded that the Delhi Government should not allow schools to increase their fees as it would result in people pulling their wards out of schools and particularly harm the education of girls. Prof. Kohli said on Thursday that on the pretext of implementing the Sixth Pay Commission report, private schools in Delhi were trying to increase the fees by 60 to 100%. 'If the Government allows schools to increase the fees then it should bear the entire expense,' he said.

Stating that when the Congress Government was providing subsidy of crores of rupees to private power companies, he wondered why similar subsidy could not be given to private schools as that would raise the standard of education in Delhi. He said such a move would ensure that guardians do not take their children out from schools due to financial constraints and the teachers to would be able to get better salaries. Prof. Kohli said private schools could be permitted by the Government to increase fee from INR 100 to INR 500 according to slabs. But, he said, the school managements are not agreeing to this and want an increase of up to INR 1,500 per month.

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