In a major victory for parents resisting `arbitrary’ fee hikes by private unaided schools in the capital and a partial relief for the schools, the Supreme Court on Friday allowed school managements to increase fee but only with prior approval of Delhi government’s Director of Education.
By leashing the school fee structure, which has seen massive increase in the recent past, to DoE’s consent at the commencement of an academic year, the apex court said it wanted to protect parents from being fleeced in the name of capitation charges by greedy managements.
The schools, however, got a small friendly clarification in the judgment which said that if more than one private unaided school was under a single management, then surplus funds of school could be transferred to another.
However, this also came with a big rider – the money cannot not be transferred to the parent society and that the funds were to be utilized only for the purpose of education.
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