3 private schools in Ghaziabad fined Rs 1 lakh for fee hike, asked to give refunds

  • | Saturday | 12th January, 2019

“For years, we have been seeking curbs on schools which have been unduly hiking fee under one head or the other, thereby putting undue burden on parents. They have also been ordered to refund the excess fee they charged during the academic session 2018-19 and revert to the fee structure of 2017-18.“The district fee regulation committee (DFRC) had recently met following a large number of complaints from parents that some private schools have been hiking fee in an arbitrary manner. “By taking 2015-16 as base year, either per capita salary hike of teachers or consumer price index of 5%, either of which is lower side, could be employed to hike fee,” said Pandey.“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 that fee could be hiked,” added Pandey. So action has been taken against them as per the provisions of the Act,” said Maheshwari.“We are in the process of computing excess fee these schools charged on each student. DFRC’s decision should serve as a warning to schools which have ben indulging in hiking fee unlawfully.”The state government last year promulgated an Act— UP Self Financed Independent Schools Fixation Fee Act, 2018 — to keep a check on unaided private schools in the state that arbitrarily hike fee.A district-level committee (DFRC) was formed and vested with the powers of a civil court to decide on issues related to fee hike .

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