“Schools not to harass students for non-payment”

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely on Wednesday clarified that while the Delhi Cabinet had approved a fee hike for private un-aided schools, it would be ensured that no student appearing for Class X or Class XII Board examinations this year is harassed by any school on account of delay or non-payment of fees or arrears.

The Minister said it would also be ensured that such students are not denied their admit card or prevented from appearing for the exams, or denied a school leaving certificate, or transfer certificate or any other document.

Stating that the Delhi Government was already paying salaries to its employees in all 924 government and 217 government-aided schools run by it as per the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission, the Minister said the issue now pertained to 1976 private un-aided schools which have to implement the same pay scales.

The Minister said as per the Cabinet decision, if any school still feels it necessary to raise the tuition fee, it would present its case along with detailed financial statements indicating income and expenditure on each account to an advisory body. This body would include representatives from the Parents-Teachers Association. It has also been clarified that all schools have to submit complete, comprehensive details of all fees that they would charge in the next academic year by March 2009 as envisaged under Section 17(3) of the Delhi School Education Act 1973.

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