New Delhi: The AAP government in the capital will now audit the financial accounts of all 1700 private schools to ensure there is no unjustified fee hike. The schools attribute the reason to the implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission due to which it must shell out more salary to the staff.
Such a decision comes after five days of the Delhi High Court order that had put a stay on the government circular to hike their fees up to 15%.
Now, with the intervention of the government to audit the school’s financial accounts, the parents can heave a sigh of relief with no fee hike this academic session. According to the sources, the decision was taken on Tuesday in a meeting attended by CM Arvind Kejriwal, Education Minister Sisodia among others, after complaints by parents about schools “indiscriminately increasing fees”.
In the last academic session, the Delhi government had done the same for 150 schools built on government land after they had requested a hike in fee.
“This time, the accounts of all private schools will be audited. During our last audit, we had found that the schools were siphoning off funds to the parent trust and in the name of development fee, they were constructing school buildings. Whereas the rule says that the money collected can be used only for the functioning of the school, furniture and equipment. We had received complaints from various quarters, following which this decision was taken,” said Atishi Marlena, advisor to Sisodia.
In the next three months, a CA under the supervision of DoE shall audit the accounts of the schools.
Private school principals said the government should complete the audit so that they can pay their teachers. “We have done what the government asked us to do, but why this deficit trust with private schools? Until we increase the fees we cannot pay teachers,” said Ameeta Mulla Wattal, principal, Springdales School, Pusa Road.