It is the government’s responsibility to keep tabs on school fees: Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal said that it is government’s duty to safeguard the interests of the parents and to make sure that schools are financially available for the education of their children.
The CM has also directed the government to take stern actions against a school which increased its fee and cited 7th pay commission as the reason for doing the same.
He also claimed that his party is the first in the country to put a stop to illegal fee hikes in private schools and it has also forced some of the schools to refund the excess fee collected from the parents.
"First govt in history which has stopped Pvt schools from hiking fee illegitimately n also forced some schools to refund illegitimate fee hike. It is govt's duty to protect interests of parents while also ensuring that schools remain financially viable (sic)," Kejriwal said in a tweet.
The CM also asked the Directorate of Education to take strict action against the Bal Bharti Public School as it increased its fee by 10% in contrast to the last academic year.
As of now, the school has been given the orders to communicate the parents about the rollback of the fee hike and has been ordered to pay the salaries of the teachers and other staff members from its savings. The school has surplus funds of INR 11,08,35,825.
In another development, Mr. Kejriwal also told the principal of Rabia
Girls Public School, Naheed Usmani that punishing the kindergarten kids for the delay in fee payment is not acceptable. On Thursday, Mr. Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia visited the school only to find that 16 kindergarten children were confined in the basement for the non-payment of the fees.