Delhi Govt allows 59 private schools to hike fees by 5-10%

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Delhi Government has reportedly granted permission to 59 private schools to increase their fees by 5-10 per cent. These schools are operating on the DDA land in the national capital.

According to the rules, the schools operating on the DDA land need to take permission from Directorate of Education before considering any fees hike.

Notably, there are 301 schools in the city which fall under this category. Out of these 267 had approached the DoE regarding the increase in fees.

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Speaking on the latest development, a senior DoE official said, “After detailed audit of the schools, 59 of them which were in deep shortage of funds have been allowed to hike the fees by 5-10 per cent. The fee hike will be limited to tuition fees only”.

Interestingly, last year AAP government withdrew the DoE’s order – which allowed the schools for “interim fee hike” up to 15 per cent in accordance with the recommendations of seventh pay commission. However, the DoE had put the condition to schools to get their financial accounts audited by the government in a fixed period of time.

The Delhi government, opposing the decision, had said that the schools would have to obtain prior permission from it before increasing their fees and any hike would be permitted only after an audit of the schools’ accounts.

Thereafter, the Delhi schools moved the High Court on the matter. They were able to secure a stay on the order by a single bench. On the other hand, Delhi government had approached a double bench, which ruled in its favour on the issue.

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