New Delhi, Oct 26: The fees of private schools in Delhi is set to see a hike following the new recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC). This comes after the Delhi government allowed recognised unaided private schools on Delhi Development Authority (DDA) land to increase their fees by 15 per cent as an “interim” measure to comply with the recommendations. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Dearness Allowance, Salary Hiked For These State Govt Employees

While the circular by the Delhi government says a fee hike is “not mandatory” for recognised unaided schools in the city, the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party said that this will open up a “Pandora’s box of harassment and trouble for parents”. Also Read - Delhi Schools Reopen For Classes 10, 12 After 10 Months, Sisodia Wishes Students

“All schools must, first of all, explore the possibility of utilising the existing reserves to meet any shortfall in payment of salaries and allowances, as a consequence of increase in the salaries and allowances of employees,” says the circular by the Delhi government. Also Read - Don't Believe in Rumours, Listen to Experts: CM Kejriwal Inspects COVID Vaccination in Delhi

“Schools in Delhi have to comply with the 7th Central Pay Commission recommendations, which ask for a nearly 25% increase in salaries of schoolteachers. The arrears will need to be paid with 7.5% of tuition fees of students, while the new salaries will be funded by the 15% fee hike, with effect from 1 July 2017,” it adds.

The circular also says, “In order to avoid any further delay in giving benefits of the seventh CPC to teachers and other employees, and to ensure that the burden of payment of arrears does not accumulate on the parents due to further delay in extension of the seventh CPC to the employees, an interim fee increase subject to following upper limits, is permitted to the school.”

It, however, adds, the interim increase is to be “levied only if it is felt that in case of schools not having sufficient reserves or accumulated funds available from any other source”, in accordance with the clauses mentioned in it.

It says that the fee hike would also be subject to scrutiny in the records of the school if the need arises, to see as to whether there was any necessity to increase the fee having regard to the financial position of the said schools, the circular states.

It also states that “the managing committee of the school shall hold a meeting with the group of teachers and parents which would include at least one parent representative from each section of the school and will present the detailed budget of the school”.

(With inputs from PTI)