Fee hike: An­other pvt school to be in­spected

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: The pe­ti­tions com­mit­tee of the Delhi as­sem­bly will be in­spect­ing The In­dian School, Sadiq Na­gar, on Mon­day against al­le­ga­tion of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties made by par­ents.

The com­mit­tee headed by MLA Sau­rabh Bharad­waj and eight other leg­is­la­tors would be vis­it­ing the school along with sec­re­tary Direc­torate of Ed­u­ca­tion (DoE), chair­man of Delhi Com­mis­sion for Pro­tec­tion of Child Rights (DCPCR) and the pe­ti­tioner par­ents.

The coun­sel for the pe­ti­tioner and also a par­ent, Suman Satish, among oth­ers had filed a com­plaint with the speaker and DoE against fee hike.

“Tak­ing cog­ni­sance of the mat­ter, the fi­nan­cial records of the school were ex­am­ined. It was found that de­spite hav­ing sur­plus of Rs 23 crore, the school had in­creased the fees. It was asked to roll back the hike. But the school filed a defama­tion suit in the high court and is against the par­ent who had not even signed the com­plaint. They had forged the sig­na­ture of the par­ent they wanted to tar­get. We have raised this is­sue with the speaker, so in this case, the in­spec­tion will be con­ducted on Mon­day,” said Satish.

The school had filed a defama­tion suit of Rs 3 crore against par­ents and also chal­lenged the au­dit re­port of DoE. Af­ter de­lib­er­a­tion with the direc­tor and other of­fi­cers of DoE on De­cem­ber 4, it was de­cided that the com­mit­tee on pe­ti­tions would visit the school.

Speak­ing about it, Bharad­waj said, “Pe­ti­tion Com­mit­tee will visit In­dian School, Sadiq Na­gar to in­ves­ti­gate the al­le­ga­tions of il­le­gal fee hike. There are se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions by par­ents about ‘forgery of sig­na­ture of par­ents’ us­ing which the school filed defama­tion suit of Rs 3 crore.”

The prin­ci­pal of the school, Ta­nia Joshi, con­firmed of hav­ing re­ceived the in­spec­tion no­tice at 2.15pm on Satur­day. “We have sent our re­ply. How­ever, we do not have the pe­ti­tion or the com­plaint against which the in­spec­tion is be­ing done. As far as fee hike is con­cerned, as per the DoE or­der, the fee from the cur­rent aca­demic quar­ter has been rolled back and we have also sub­mit­ted proof of it,” said Joshi.

This is third such case in a week, where the Delhi gov­ern­ment has been act­ing against pri­vate schools. On Thurs­day, it said that it was de-recog­nis­ing, Mount Carmel School, Dwarka. No­tices were also sent to three schools ask­ing to re­fund the fees with 9% in­ter­est.

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