San­skriti told to do away with dual fee struc­ture Siso­dia Di­rects DoE To En­sure School Pays Staff As Per 7th Pay Com­mis­sion

HC to govt: Take over schools that can’t pay teach­ers in full

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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.

IN THE LINE OF FIRE

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