The Delhi High Court on Friday seeks response of the AAP government on a PIL seeking decisions to it to upload on its Directorate of Education (DoE) website about information regarding approval to private unaided schools to hike their fees in their website. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued notice to the Delhi government and seeks its stand on the plea by an NGO which has stated that as the parents have no clear information about fee hike has been approved by DoE, Many schools have taken advantage of the situation to charge increased fees from them.
The petition by NGO, Justice for All, filed by advocate Khagesh B Jha, has said that proposals for a hike by private unaided schools, which exist on concessional government land, are sent online to DoE and therefore, once it passes an order same should be uploaded on its site for informing the parents.”In absence of availability of the information, parents do not know whether the fee hike proposal is accepted or not accepted and few schools started playing fraud with parents and started collecting increased fees without prior sanction or after the rejection of prior sanction proposal,” the petition has alleged.
There is no information in the public to show regarding the previously approved fee of any specific school and about the tuition fee bifurcation for a particular academic year and as result schools are exploiting parents.”The parents have no source to verify what the school is demanding is directed in the government notification,” the petition has claimed. It has directions to DoE to make sure the uploading of orders passed by it regarding acceptance and rejection of proposals for prior sanction before any increase in tuition fee of recognized unaided private schools situated on land allotted by land-owning agencies.