The Supreme Court has dismissed a petition from Delhi private schools against a high court verdict concerning fee hike. Upholding the Delhi High Court's January 2016 judgment, the apex court today ruled that private schools have to obtain approval from the Delhi government before going ahead with their decision to hike fee.
"Once you have taken land from DDA (Delhi Development Authority) you have to abide by the Education Act," the Supreme Court while dismissing the petition of private schools.
The decision will have an impact on the functioning of more than 400 private unaided schools in the city.
The Delhi High Court in its January 20, 2016 verdict had said that the schools built on land allotted by DDA cannot hike the fee before taking prior permission from Delhi government.
"It is clear that schools cannot indulge in profiteering and commercialisation of school education.Quantum of fees to be charged by unaided schools is subject to regulation by DoE in terms of power conferred under Delhi Schools Education Act of 1973 and it is competent to interfere if hike in fee by a particular school is found to be excessive and perceived as indulging in profiteering," the court had said.
The judgment came on a PIL filed by advocate Khagesh Jha for an NGO, Justice for all, which had sought that recognised private unaided schools on land allotted by DDA be directed to abide by the stipulation in letter of allotment to take prior sanction of DoE before hiking their fees.