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Fee hike by pvt schools has no relation to 7th CPC for teachers: Dy CM Sisodia

NEW DELHI: Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday asserted that unjustified fee hike by some private schools has nothing to do with the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission for the teachers working in private schools. "A false impression has been sought to be created by vested interests that the Delhi government is against the implementation of the seventh pay Commission, which is completely baseless," he said.

He also said that many private schools in Delhi attempted to arbitrarily revise the fee structure citing the implementation of the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission on salaries of teachers and other employees. "Delhi government, through a circular issued on April 13, 2018, had restrained private unaided schools built on government land from hiking tuition fees without the approval of the Directorate of Education," he said. The education minister said that the circular directed the private schools to meet the additional financial resources required to implement the seventh pay commission recommendations from their surplus without hiking the fees.

"The reasons behind this restriction are two-fold, first these schools are situated in the land allotted by DDA and therefore bearing certain societal obligations and secondly the government is against the exploitation of parents and students due to the higher fee structure. As per the law of the land, converting educational institutions to profitable entities is illegal", he said.

There are 325 private schools situated in the government land allotted by DDA. Out of these 260 schools had applied for fees hike, but 32 schools withdrew their applications. During an audit of accounts, it was found that nearly 150 schools had sufficient surplus to implement seventh Pay Commission and were therefore denied permission to hike the fees. Rest of the applications are under the process.

The minister also said that the details will be submitted in the court. He said, "there are schools with an excess surplus of even up-to Rs 40 crore after factoring the recommendations of the Seventh Central Pay Commission on salaries of teachers and other employees. There are cases reported that schools inflating the expenditure on record by showing farce purchases and Annual Maintainance Contracts."

He also said that the Delhi government recognizes the important role of the private schools in education in Delhi. The government is against extortion from the parents by the private schools in the name of fees, he said. Also he pointed out the irony in hiring extremely expensive lawyers using the fees collected from the students to fight against the legitimate interests of the students.

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