DFRC fines three Ghaziabad schools for arbitrarily hiking fee, orders to refund excess fee to parents
| Friday | 11th January, 2019
GHAZIABAD: In a first of its kind move in the state, three private schools in Ghaziabad have been imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each by District Fee Regulation Committee ( DFRC ) for violation of UP Self Financed Independent Schools Fixation Fee Act 2018.
“As of now we have no information of the decision of DFRC” said Meta Rai, principal, DPS Indiprapuram.Shivani Jain, who is the president of All School Parents Association and also member of DFRC, welcomed the decision.
“For years we have been fighting for curbs on schools who have been unduly hiking fee under one head or the other thereby putting undue burden on parents and DFRC’s decision should serve as a warning to schools who have ben indulging in hiking fee unlawfully,” said Shivani Jain, president, All School Parents Association.To rein in unaided private schools from arbitrarily hiking fee state government last year promulgated an Act-The UP self financed independent schools fixation fee Act 2018.
“By taking base year of 2105-16 either per capita salary hike of teachers or consumer price index of 5% either of which is lower side could be employed to hike salary” said Pankaj Pandey, DIOS.“The proposal to hike fee has to be placed in front of district fee regulation committee which will assess the validity of such hike and only after it gives its go ahead fee could be hiked” added Pandey.
“We are in the process of computing excess fee these schools charged to each students and as per initial calculation Seth Anandram Jaipuria School will have to refund between Rs 6337 to Rs 6933 per student, Sun Valley School between Rs 3600 to Rs 4800 per student depending on class” he added.Meeta Rai, principal of DPS Indirapuram, when contacted said that she had no information about it and declined to speak further.
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