41 private schools to refund fees, orders HC

October 1, 2014

In an order issued by the High Court, 41 private schools should refund the extra fees charged by them along with interest in the year 2009.

The Delhi High Court has set a judicial panel in this regard which inspected into the matter and gave the recommendation. This was done by the setting up of a three-member committee in 2011, headed by former Rajasthan high court Chief Justice Anil Dev Singh, which examined the financial records of 81 schools out of total 1,172 schools. A sixth interim report was then submitted before the bench was headed by Justice B D Ahmed.

The committee examined the financial records of 741 private schools in the city, wherein it found that there was an unnecessary hike in the school fee with a 9 per cent interest which should be returned to the parents of the students.
As quoted from a newspaper, the report justified that, "In respect of 34 out of 41 schools, the committee has found that the fee hike effected by them in pursuance of the order dated February 11, 2009 issued by the Director of Education was either wholly or partially unjustified...."

The step was taken to determine the validity of the city government's February 2009 notification permitting them to hike tuition fees by scrutinizing the accounts of different private schools.

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