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Refund extra fees or we will take over: Arvind Kejriwal tells private schools of Delhi
In news that is going to bring some respite to the people of Delhi, the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that if private schools that have charged extra fees do not return the money, the government will take over these schools.

This was in context of 449 private schools, which were recently served show cause notices for charging extra fees from students. But the CM also clarified that taking over the schools will be the last option that the government would avail and that such an option will only be used in case the schools fail to return the money.

Kejriwal also said that the government has no intention to interfere on the functioning of these schools. The government has now given a two week deadline to the schools to respond to the show cause notice. The show cause notices were issued four days ago. 

In 2009, a group of parents had approached the Delhi High Court and had claimed that some schools were charging them extra fees. The schools had in their defence claimed that the extra fees were being charged to implement the sixth pay commission.

The Delhi High Court appointed a committee headed by Justice Anil Dev Singh to examine the issue. The committee, after studying the issue, identified 544 schools that were charging extra fees and recommended that the schools must return the hiked fees to the parents along with an interest of 9 per cent.

While some have returned the money to the parents but out of the 544 schools identified by the Dave committee, 449 have refused to pay the extra money.

Some of them have claimed that the committee has made errors while calculating the extra fees.

Reportedly, the amount of money that the schools have to refund is more than 300 crore rupees.

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