Education

After Delhi Government’s Show-Cause Notice, Schools Ask Parents to Collect Fee Refunds

The schools are among those identified as having overcharged parents in the name of implementing recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with his deputy and finance minister Manish Sisodia. Credit: PTI

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal with his deputy and finance minister Manish Sisodia. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Days after the Delhi government issued a show-cause notice to 449 private schools in the city asking them to roll back unjustified fee hikes, many schools have started issuing public notices in newspapers, requesting parents to collect the refund.

The show-cause notice issued by the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government was in line with the Justice Anil Dev Singh committee’s order. The notice had also warned that the government will take over 449 schools if they do not refund the extra fees within two weeks.

According to a report in Outlook, many schools, including Sardar Patel Vidhyalaya in Lodhi Estate, Oxford Public School in Nehru Nagar, Heera Public School in Gurgaon and Smt Misri Devi Gyan Niketan School in Deenpur, have issued the notices in newspapers, asking parents to collect the refund by September 5.

The schools are among those identified by the committee as having overcharged parents in the name of implementing recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission. The committee, which was formed last year, had scrutinised 1,108 private unaided schools.

Reputed private schools like Delhi Public School, Amity International, Sanskriti School, Modern School and Springdales are also in the list.

Kejriwal claimed that among the schools that have not rolled back the fee hike, one had a surplus of Rs 15 crore while another had Rs 5 crore surpluses, reported Outlook.

Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had told India Today that the show-cause notices were served with a deadline to respond within two weeks. He also said the government was keeping a watch on everything and would verify cases where schools had claimed to have returned fees.

The AAP posted pictures of the notices by the some of the schools on its official Twitter handle.

The chief minister had earlier said that he wants to assure private schools that there is no witch hunt. “We understand private schools are an indispensable part of education system,” he was quoted as saying by CNN-News 18.