Sanskriti told to do away with dual fee structure Sisodia Directs DoE To Ensure School Pays Staff As Per 7th Pay Commission
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New Delhi: Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has directed Directorate of Education (DoE) to ask Sanskriti School to do away with the dual fee structure from this academic session. The school will also have to pay its employees as per the 7th Central Pay Commission and non-compliance will either lead to its de-recognition or takeover by the government.
Invoking Section 24 of Delhi School Education Act Rules (DSEAR), Delhi government said similar action would follow on other private schools who don’t implement the 7th CPC. The schools will have to submit a report regarding implementation of the pay commission order. The government will be examining the funds of those who do not comply with it.
Children of civil servants at Sanskriti School are charged lower fees than those whose parents have private jobs. Located in Chanakyapuri, the school was founded in 1998 primarily to provide education to children of those serving in all-India and allied services.
Speaking to TOI, Sisodia said, “We shall enforce the rules in all schools. We will make sure that private school teachers get the salaries they deserve.”
The government order follows a petition made by 200 teachers in Delhi high court over non-implementation of the 7th CPC. Earlier this week, the court had expressed concern over teachers not getting their dues and had asked DoE to ensure they get paid accordingly.
“Sanskriti School may be directed to immediately do away with the dual fee structure and make fees of government category students equal to that of non-government category students with effect from the current academic year,” Sisodia’s order stated.
Richa Sharma Agnihotri, principal of Sanskriti School, told TOI, “I haven’t seen the order yet, so I cannot comment on it.” The school has in the past told the court that they had been facing a financial crunch.
The deputy CM has also suggested that, if the school’s financial position permits, the fees of non-government category students be reduced. “The dual fee structure is neither fair nor acceptable to the government,” said Sisodia’s order. He even cited the Justice Anil Dev Singh committee report, which had said this difference in fee structure was “arbitrary”.
The school will now have to revise the fee structure and submit a certificate that the 7th CPC recommendations have been implemented in totality. New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Friday asked the AAP government to take over management of private schools unable to pay hiked salaries as per the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) to teachers.
Justice Suresh Kait also ordered an independent audit of Sanksriti School’s finances for the years 2018-2020 to find out if it has sufficient funds or it too should be taken over by the government. The court questioned the Directorate of Education (DoE) why it hasn’t taken any action against the errant schools, after the government claimed it is concerned over the failure by some schools, including Sanskriti, to honour the 7th pay commission commitments.
Additional standing counsel Santosh Tripathi submitted before HC that deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia has already instructed the DoE to crack down on these private schools. He also submitted that DoE has made it clear to Sanskriti School that it should pay the teachers or face action under Section 24 that entails de-recognition or taking over of the school by government.
While giving its go ahead to the government to take strict action, HC also decided to enlarge the scope of its earlier order to get a third party audit done of Sanskriti School, after DoE sought a modification of its order to appoint an independent chartered accountant (CA).
In an application, the government informed the court that it has already conducted a statutory audit as per the law of Sanskriti School and another round of court-directed audit of the same financial year may not be needed. The court then accepted the government-conducted audit of the school for 2017-18 and asked the CA to focus on 201819 and 2019-20 period, keeping in mind guidelines specified by the court earlier on procedure to be followed for auditing a private school.
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