The Delhi High Court directed the Delhi government on Wednesday to stay the order of a hike in private schools’ fees in the name of the 7th Pay Commission till further orders.Hearing a petition filed by 100 students of ASN Public School, Mayur Vihar, the bench directed the Delhi government to do the needful.Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia also took to Twitter saying that he has been receiving parents’ complaints in the fee hike matter. “I’ve been getting complaints of excessive fee hike in the name of 7th Pay Commission, that schools are misusing loopholes in the govt order. I assure parents we will protect their interests,” he said.”Delhi govt committed to fighting financial malpractices in pvt schools, haven’t let fees be hiked in 2 years! We will not let pvt schools hike their fees illegitimately in the future too,” he added.The development came days after Kejriwal warned the private schools in the national capital of “strongest action” for allegedly harassing parents by arbitrarily increasing fees in schools. Earlier, there were reports suggesting that private schools substantially increased their fees to comply with the seventh central pay commission (CPC) recommendations.Several schools also moved the court, challenging the committee’s recommendations as well as a May 29 order of the Delhi government, directing refund of the excess fees charged by them and warning of de-recognition or takeover by the Directorate of Education in case of a failure to do so.Following this, the court had directed the private schools return 75 percent of the excess fees charged by them if they wanted protection from the coercive action. Later in September, several schools had claimed before the court that they have complied with the direction to deposit 75 percent of the excess fees charged by them.SCHOOLS’ CLAIMLater in September, several schools had claimed before the court that they have complied with the direction to deposit 75 per cent of the excess fees charged by them.

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Delhi High Court directs Delhi Govt to stay order on private school fee hike