The Director of Education of the Delhi Government is in the process of abolishing Pupil Welfare Fund and registration fees up to Class VIII in government schools, the Directorate of Education has informed the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR).

The DCPCR had issued a notice to Secretary (Education) on a complaint by parents that registrationfee was being charged from children at the time of their admission in Class VI in government senior secondary schools run by the Directorate of Education.

It was stated by the Commission that charging of such a fee was a violation of provision contained in Section 3(2) of Right to Education Act, 2009. Under article 8(a) of RTE, 2009, it said, every State Government has been made duty bound to provide free and compulsory elementary education to every child.

In its reply, the Directorate of Education stated that the Director was in the process of abolishing the Pupil Welfare Fund and registration fees in government schools.

Stating that this decision would provide great relief to thousands of parents in Delhi who were aggrieved by the charging of fees from them at the time of enrolment of their wards in government schools, the Commission said under Section 31 of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, it has been entrusted with the work of monitoring the “Children's Right to Education''.

“Section 32 of the Act recognises this Commission as an appellant authority for redress of grievances raised under the Act as far as Delhi is concerned,'' the Commission said.

Its chairperson Amod Kanth said “this decision would provide great relief to thousands of parents in Delhi who were aggrieved by the charging of fees from them at the time of enrolment of their wards in government schools''.

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