Parents upset with Delhi HC quashing DoE order on annual fee collection
NEW DELHI [Maha Media]: Parents in the national capital are upset over Delhi High Court's order quashing the directive by Delhi government prohibiting schools from collecting annual charges and development fees. According to the Delhi Parents Association, the order will give free hand to private schools and parents will be left at their mercy.
"The order passed by the High Court today is not only against the Directorate of Education (DoE) or parents but it is totally against the lakhs of students studying in private schools. It shows that the education department could not present its case strongly and the high court came up with a one sided order," President of the association Aparajita Gautam.
"This judgement is going to give free hand to all private schools. It will force thousands of students to discontinue their studies as they will not get transfer certificate without paying arrears. This will leave parents and innocent students at the mercy of private schools," she added. The Delhi High Court said on Monday the Delhi government has no power to indefinitely postpone the collection of annual charges and development fees by private unaided schools as it would unreasonably restrict their functioning.
The court quashed the office orders of April and August 2020 issued by the DoE of the Delhi government forbidding and postponing collection of annual charges and development fees, saying they were "illegal" and "ultra vires the powers of the respondent (DoE) stipulated under the Delhi School Education (DSE) Act and the Rules.