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Delhi govt will take over 449 private schools only if they fail to return extra fees: Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi government will take over around 449 private schools, which have been served show cause notices over charging extra fee, only as a “last resort” if they do not roll back their decision, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday.

Addressing a press conference, his first in nearly four months, Kejriwal said the government does not intend to “interfere”, but will surely “discipline” the schools, if needed.

Government officials said the 449 private schools that face action include some of the capital’s best known schools.

But these schools had disproportionately hiked schools fees after teachers were given a pay hike on the recommendations of the sixth pay commission.

A committee headed by retired high court judge Anil Dev Singh that examined the extent of the hike, however, found many schools had exaggerated the pay-out due to salary and overcharged students.

“We’re not against private schools, there is no witch hunting. We are appealing to these 449 schools to implement the committee’s recommendations and give back the extra fees,” Mr Kejriwal said at a media briefing on Friday.

“I hope we don’t have to take over. Today, we intend to send out a message to the managements of those schools to implement the recommendations,” Mr.Kejriwal added.

Mr Sisodia said , “The schools will not be allowed to loot students like they used to do under previous governments due to political collusion.”


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