Order to 98 private schools in Delhi to return increased fees in 10 days: Delhi High Court

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[Published on:07 September 2017 16:08]
Order to 98 private schools in Delhi to return increased fees in 10 days: Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court has ordered 98 private schools to return the increased fees taken from the parents within 10 days to the court. Private schools will have to deposit these fees in the office of the Registrar General of the Delhi High Court.

This amount of fees is more than 100 crore. 75 percent of this has been ordered to be deposited in 10 days. The court has asked private schools to deposit this money in the form of cash, fds or drafts.


Schools took Fees Arbitrarily

In fact, 32 months of fees were arbitrarily collected from 2006 to 2009. In 2011, the High Court had formed Anil Dev Committee to inquire about one thousand private schools doing so.

Return Fees to Parents

In the last 6 years, Anil Dev Committee has submitted its 11 report to the court, which states that private schools have increased fees in their schools even when they are not needed. The court had instructed the schools to return the fees to parents, including 9% interest, from the 32 months (from 2006 to 2009) of increased fees. But till now 15-20 schools have deposited these fees in the court.

Schools can be take over

The Delhi Government in its affidavit to the Delhi High Court, has talked of taking over 449 schools if they not return the increased fees to the parents.

Governments will take over the management of schools

The Kejriwal government said that if the schools do not withdraw the fees, then 449 private schools will be in their hands. The government has said in the High Court that the process of issuing a show-cause notice has been completed and it has been sent to the Lt. Governor for approval to take over the management of all these private schools who do not return the money.

High Court not agreeing to take over

However, the High Court has also questioned the government's intention to take over the private schools. The court has asked the government that when you do not have the staff to run the government schools properly, how will you run such a large number of private schools? The next hearing of the case will be on September 25.