The Supreme Court on Friday ruled that private unaided schools do
not have the right to hike fees.
Hearing a review petition filed by the Action Committee for Unaided
Private Schools seeking reconsideration of a 2004 apex court
verdict, the Supreme Court said that only the government can
regulate private school fees.
The apex court upheld the 2004 verdict, authorizing the Director
Education to take a final decision in fee hikes being implemented by
schools on the ground of implementing pay commission recommendations
While filing the review petition, the unaided private schools’
action committee had also argued that the 2004 judgment was contrary
to provisions of the Delhi School Education Act.
Today’s verdict is a major victory for parents of school children
who have been opposing private schools’ move to hike fees
The SC in its 2004 verdict had also endorsed the Director
Education’s move to put a freeze on the fee structure and halt
transfer of funds from schools to the parent society.