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School tuition fee hike becoming a major issue in Lok Sabha polls

The Minister clarifies that parents may requisition an early PTA meeting

Difference in the fee decided at the meeting would be refunded or adjusted

NEW DELHI: With the school tuition fee hike becoming a major issue in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi, Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely on Tuesday reiterated the stand of the Education Directorate that the hike would be effected only after approval at a duly convened Parent-Teacher Association meeting.

The Minister clarified that parents might requisition an early meeting in case schools authorities are reluctant to convene such PTA meeting. As for the Delhi Government, he said, it had already made its stand clear by inserting detailed advertisements in leading newspapers. The schools have been directed to convene a PTA meeting and decide the issue of fee hike in a transparent manner explaining the exact position of their balance sheet, Mr. Lovely said.

Parents have also been requested to decide the issue in the true spirit of justice so that they are not forced to bear unnecessary hike, he said, adding that schools which have already effected a fee hike without convening a PTA meeting would have to convene the meeting at the earliest and take an appropriate decision.

In cases where the fee has already been hiked, the difference in the fee decided at the PTA meeting would be refunded or adjusted accordingly.

Mr. Lovely said the Education Department had also been taking immediate action on complaints in respect of fee hike and insisted that an effective mechanism is in position to immediately address reasonable grievances of parents on this issue.

Representatives

The Minister expressed these views at a meeting with representatives of the All-India Parents Association and Social Jurist. A delegation of these two organisations called on Mr. Lovely to apprise him of the educational system in MCD schools and discuss certain issues related to fee hike.

Mr. Singh also urged the parents not to get carried away by misleading statements.

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