New Delhi, Dwarka- Last year in December 2018, The Delhi government’s Directorate of Education (DOE) issued an order withdrawing the recognition given to Mount Carmel School under the Delhi School Education Act and Rules 1973. Situated in sector 22 of Dwarka Delhi, (MCS) is a Christian minority institution run by the MCS chain of schools. The reason being the sudden fee hike by 25% during the academic session 2016-17 without the consent of the government, as it had violated land allotment terms. As per the order, there are 325 private unaided recognized schools in Delhi operating on land allotted to them by government land-owning agencies like DDA. One of the conditions for such allotment is that the schools cannot increase fee without prior approval of the (DoE) Director.
The parents and students were skeptic about the situation but later on, stood by the school authorities. “We urge the students and parents to not panic and assure that we would come out clean, once we receive the notice, we will take the appropriate legal remedy and we have full faith in the legal system” Michael Williams, the director of (MCS) stated. Due to this order, the school was asked not to make any new admissions during the course of the hearing, also the school had argued that it had not been given land by the Delhi Development Authority on concessional rates, so the Court’s judgment that gives the (DoE) the power to regulate fees of such schools was not applicable to it. The (DoE), however, said the March 9, 2000 allotment letter for the land given to the school showed it had been given the property at a concessional rate.
But now a major development is there in the case as Delhi High Court has granted relief to the school and quashed the derecognition order issued on December 6th. The students of the school have mixed reactions to it. “I am with the school on this matter, because if derecognition would have been practiced then it surely was going to cause discomfort to the upcoming batches of the school”, Chitrakshi Chauhan a student at (MCS) told. “I think that the CBSE’s decision went a bit too far. I mean I agree that raising the fees without CBSE’s permission is wrong but in that case, the school management should’ve been penalized. CBSE’s decision to de-recognize the school is going to affect the students studying there when they were actually the primary victims of the management’s decision to increase the fees”, Lakshay Kumar, one of the alumni expressed his views.
Although we can see, the decision is now in favor of the institution but as it is important to assure the welfare of the school with its teachers and students, it is also important to assure that laws are being abided by respectfully, keeping mind the discretion of situations.
By Prerna Chadha for DwarkaWala