With immediate action, over 150 private schools have begun the process of refunding excess fees, with more than 70 of them having submitted the respective amounts to the high court.
The Justice Anil Dev Singh committee identified 449 private schools in Delhi to have overcharged parents on the grounds of implementing recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.
The committee’s report led the Delhi government to issue a show-cause notice to these schools.
As per the order, these schools have to roll back the unfair fee hike and refund the excess fees. With immediate action, over 150 private schools have begun the process of refunding excess fees, with more than 70 of them having submitted the respective amounts to the High Court – reported the Times of India.
Many of the schools, including Sardar Patel Vidyalaya (Lodhi Estate), Oxford Public School (Nehru Nagar), Heera Public Schools (Gurgaon) and Smt Misri Devi Gyan Niketan School (Deenpur), are also issuing public notices in newspapers reaching out to parents to collect the refund by Sept 5.
One of the issued public notice issued by Oxford Public School reads, “In Compliance of the DOE order dt.29.05.2017, the school is refunding the excess tuition and development fee and building fund. Students who were enrolled in the school 2009-10 and 2010-11, can collect the refund from the school immediately.”
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Delhi CM Kejriwal has stated that investigations revealed that while one of the 449 schools who did not roll back the excessive fee hike had a surplus of Rs 15 crore, another one amounted to Rs 5 crore.
According to an Outlook report, CM Kejriwal addressed a press conference on August 16 saying the government does not intend to “interfere”, but “discipline” the schools if they refused to give the money back.
Other known Delhi schools among the 449 list are DPS, Amity International, Sanskriti, Modern School and Springdales.
“The frequency with which these schools are processing the refund is encouraging. But the exact number of schools cannot be ascertained because many are sending cheques to parents directly,” Advocate Khagesh Jha, involved in the case, told Times of India .