COVID-19: Parents allege steep fee hike by top private school, disparities in fee structure

 

By: PTI | New Delhi |

September 28, 2020 3:51:52 pm

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The mother and father of scholars of a high personal college within the nationwide capital have alleged that the authorities have elevated the price with impact from August regardless of a Delhi authorities order limiting any such elevate until colleges reopen.

Town authorities had directed colleges to not hike charges until colleges stay closed attributable to COVID-19 and likewise not levy any fees within the title of improvement charges or annual charges.

The mother and father have approached the Directorate of Schooling (DoE) in opposition to the transfer by DPS RK Puram and likewise alleged disparities in price construction of its two branches.

Whereas the college principal has knowledgeable mother and father that their issues have been raised earlier than the DPS society; Puneet Mittal, the lawyer representing the college, mentioned a petition is pending earlier than the Delhi Excessive Courtroom over the difficulty of charges.

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“The varsity shouldn’t be charging annual or improvement charges however they’ve elevated the tutoring charges. There are some doubtful heads talked about within the new receipts resembling operational fees and upkeep fees,” mentioned a dad or mum on the situation of anonymity.

“When the faculties are closed what are they sustaining? From Rs 9000, we at the moment are imagined to pay Rs 13,000 only for the tutoring price,” one other dad or mum mentioned they sought an appointment from the college authorities a number of occasions to debate this however there was no luck.

The general charges had come down in the course of the lockdown after the Delhi authorities ordered that solely tuition charges might be charged in the course of the interval and different heads resembling transportation price, sports activities price and so on. shouldn’t be collected.

If the tutoring price has been finally raised to virtually the identical quantity as we used to pay earlier than the lockdown then what’s the rest?” the dad or mum requested.

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One other dad or mum alleged, “The varsity has two junior branches — one in Vasant Kunj and one in East of Kailash. How can there be two totally different price constructions for the 2 branches of the identical college. There ought to be some parity.”

DPS Lawyer Puneet Mittal, mentioned, “A dispute about no permission by the Delhi authorities for price hike is already pending earlier than the courtroom even earlier than the lockdown was introduced.

The rivalry over implementation of annual and improvement fees has additionally been challenged within the courtroom and the matter is sub-judice. Whereas the faculties are closed for college kids, the operational prices stay the identical, the academics are working double the hours and must be paid salaries”.

Padma Srinivisan, Officiating Principal, DPS RK Puram, informed mother and father in an e mail on Monday, “It’s knowledgeable that the matter concerning price hike has been put as much as the DPS society for consideration. It’s on your type info that the matter is pending earlier than Delhi Excessive Courtroom and has been put up for listening to on October 9.

No speedy response was out there from DoE officers on the difficulty.

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