Fee hike: Another pvt school to be inspected
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.