Mount Carmel School in Delhi Loses Recognition Over Fee Hike
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The Directorate of Education (DoE) has taken a strict step against a Delhi school over fee hike. Now with effect from April 1, 2019, DoE directed Mount Carmel School Dwarka to not accept new admissions for the upcoming academic session 2019-20, ordering the withdrawal of recognition. According to reports, the school had allegedly violated the land allotment terms by increasing fees without prior approval from it. Besides, DoE has also issued notices to three other schools—Bal Bharati, St Mark's Senior Secondary School and Springdales asking them to refund the extra fees to parents which they have charged between 2016 to 2017. CCTV Cameras to Be Installed in Delhi Government Schools to Stop Child Abuse Inside Institutes. 

Mount Carmel School Dwarka is a Christian minority institution run by Mount Carmel School Society in Delhi. The order states that there are 325 private unaided recognised schools in the capital city operating on land which were allotted to them by government land-owning agencies. One of the conditions out of many is that the schools cannot increase the fee without the prior approval of the DoE Director. As reported by The Hindu, when the Directorate following a Delhi High Court order had sought online proposals for the year 2016-17 from schools which intended to increase the fee; it came out that Mount Carmel School already increased the cost by 25 per cent “without any approval.” Delhi Government Sets Age Limit for Nursery, KG, Class 1; Admission Process to Start From December 15. 

The Delhi school had argued that the Delhi Development Authority had not given it land on concessional rates, so the judgement that gives DoE the power to regulate fees of such school was not applicable. Hitting back, the Directorate said that as per the March 9, 2000 allotment letter for the land given to the school it was mentioned that it had been given the property at a concessional rate.