Will this second panel by Delhi Govt help to curb arbitrary school fee hikes?
The Delhi Government shall soon set up an independent panel under the Directorate of Education (DoE) to take care of complaints regarding fee hike and other issues that affect school children and their parents. This decision has been taken on the order of the Delhi High Court.
Last week, a group of parents angered by the arbitrary fee hikes by some private schools operating on government land, had sought the intervention of the court.
According to a Delhi Government official, this panel will be named the ‘Fee Anomaly Committee’. “Fee hikes by private schools are happening far too frequently and arbitrarily these days. Parents of school children are understandably upset. This panel shall be an interface between the parents and schools managements. It will also be in charge of submitting a detailed report to the DoE,” Nagender Sharma, spokesperson of Delhi Government informed City Spidey.
Recently, around 100 parents had protested against the fee hike of Ahlcon Public School in Mayur Vihar. “We have even sent a written complaint to Manish Sisodia, education minister of Delhi. However, no action has been taken,” said Ritu Jauhar a parent.
Interestingly, sources within the government have told City Spidey that a similar committee already exists from 2012. However, it is almost defunct now. “A similar committee was formed by former Delhi chief minister, Sheila Dikshit. About 20 officials including senior officials were deployed there. However, it long ceased to be an active body and many officials have now been shifted to other departments,” a senior official said on condition of anonymity.