AAP government takes on greedy private schools

Manish Sisodia warns private schools which hike fees without prior sanction from the government

GN Bureau | April 21, 2016


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Love them or hate them, but you just can’t ignore the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government!

After scrapping 62 arbitrary quotas for admission to private unaided recognised schools, the government has now i0ssued notifications to two private schools in Delhi for hiking school fees. A group of parents of students studying in the Delhi Public School’s Mathura road and Rohini branches had approached deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia complaining of fee hike. Taking cognisance of their complaint, the Delhi government has asked the schools to roll back fee hike and take permission before hiking the fees.

Pointing that most private schools in Delhi are built on land supplied either by the DDA or the Delhi government, Sisodia chided the schools for implementing the hike fees without informing the department of education. Private schools in Delhi are prone to charging unnaturally high fees and hiking fees without prior warning.

A group of ten parents of children studying in the Summer Fields School had earlier dragged the school to court for a 300 percent fee hike over seven years. In April 2013, the Delhi high court ruled that private schools cannot charge more than a month’s fee in advance.

Admission to private schools in Delhi has always been a tedious affair. The ‘better’ schools take advantage of parents eager to admit their children in good school by making outrageous monetary demands in the name of school fees, activity fee, annual fee etc. The AAP government has vowed to reform the education system in Delhi starting with the overhaul of the government schools. In a meeting with members of the Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC) last month, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that Sisodia is committed to reforming the government schools. “He has said that the day he will be able to send his son to a government school, he will be really proud,” Kejriwal had said.

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