Delhi govt derecognises Mount Carmel School over fee hike

The Delhi government’s Directorate of Education on Thursday issued an order to withdraw its recognition given to the Mount Carmel School, Dwarka over non-refunding of the excess fee charged from students between 2006 and 2011, and as a result, the school won’t be able to admit new students for the 2019-20 session. The order will come into effect from April 1, 2019.

According to the reports, the school was charged for increasing the tuition fee without prior approval of the department and non-compliance with terms of land allotment.

However, the school cited that it had not been allotted land at concessional rates by DDA and so was not liable under the DoE’s power to regulate fee. However, the DoE showed the allotment letter mentioning about the land given to school at concessional rates. The school also argued that it was exempt from the regulation being a minority institute.

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Reports further suggest that the government has issued notices to three other schools – Bal Bharati, Dwarka; St Marks Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh; and Springdales, Dhaula Kuan – ordering them to refund to parents the extra fees they had charged between 2006 and 2011 along with 9% interest.

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