₹42,000 Cr looted by Private Schools in 7 years in Haryana: Parents Weep, Khattar Government Sleeps

Updated: Jun 19, 2021

The Dreaded Email

“The school fees email has come”.

I looked up from my phone at my wife.

“How much?”, I asked tentatively.

“10%”, she replied. A groan escaped my lips.

“I knew they were doing all that school opening drama for hiking fees only. How can they raise fees by ten percent when school didn’t even open?”, I said.

“Do something.”, my wife looked at me earnestly.

“What can I do?”, I asked back.

“There must be something we should be able to do.”, she replied back.

“What can we do?”, I answered in exasperation. “You want me to go and hold placards in front of the school!”

“You straight away jump from discussion to holding placards”, she replied a bit angry.

“You know they have a monopoly and we are trapped”, I replied back.

“We can write an email to the school.”, she replied. “Other parents are writing.”

“Nothing comes off these emails”, I replied. “Those smudge school managers will simply reply this and that – with a message to take our wards off the school if we can’t afford it. And you know, the next school will again charge a hefty admission fee. And again, next year that school will also increase fees.”

“No, there is some rationale. On the group they are citing some Supreme Court judgement.”, my wife replied.

“What judgement?”, I asked. This was news to me.

“You will know if you have time to get your nose out of your books and your Whatsapp groups.”, my wife replied.

This was a personal attack. Unfortunately, the phone was still in my hand. I quietly put my phone down.

“What judgement?”, I asked again.

“It is there in the group”, she replied.

“What group?”, I asked.

“The parents across schools have formed a Telegram channel for Gurgaon Parent Association”, my wife replied. “Shall I add you?”

“Ah!!”, I dithered. “Well, if there is a Supreme Court judgement and still the school has hiked the fees, you can see how useless all of this will be. I do wonder how these school manage to be so shameless.”

“That’s because the Government is sleeping”, my wife replied. “And the government is sleeping because parents like you are sleeping.”

I looked at her with resignation. She wasn’t far from truth. After all what did I know about this Supreme Court judgement and legislation behind it. Nothing.

“Ok!, Tell me what to do and I will do it.”, I finally said.

My wife looked at me with disbelief. This avatar of mine was new for her. And also for me.

“You can’t just join for fun and leave it like that.”, she eyed me suspiciously. “If you are joining, then you are committing to do something about it. This is serious money we are losing every year.”

“I will see”, I replied, still not willing to commit myself. “But if there is a Supreme Court Judgement then the matter would have been dealt in detail. How much are we paying to the school now?”

“Almost Rs. 2.75 lacs per child”, my wife replied.

“What?”, I exclaimed with shock. “Wasn’t it Rs. 1.5 lacs when the kids joined.”

“Wake up Mr. Daddy!!”, my wife replied. “And this doesn’t include the Rs. 60 thousand that we pay for transportation per child. In total we will be paying Rs. 6.7 lacs per year for two kids.”

“What do they use this much money for?”, I asked in exasperation. “Hadn’t you told me that the teachers don’t get paid that much.”

“The teachers hardly get six or seven lacs per annum salary on the average.”, she replied.

“Aren’t there 30 kids in a class?”, I asked.

“32 actually.”, she replied.

“So, they are making almost 88 lacs per class. And they hardly spend 14 lacs on the teachers.”, I calculated. “What else they spend on?”

“Rent, overheads”, she ventured.

“Commercial rent in that area will be Rs. 40 to Rs. 50 per sq foot. The class size on the average is around 1200 sq foot. Let’s make it 1500 sq foot. 1500 into 50 is 75 thousand per month. That is another 9 lac rupees per annum. So, the teachers and classroom will cost Rs. 23 lacs in total. Let us assume hundred percent overheads. This would provision another 23 lacs on miscellaneous spend including the sports grounds. So, the school spends Rs. 46 lacs on the class and earns Rs. 88 lacs. That is a good profit of Rs. 42 lacs per class. Around 48% operating profit margin.”, I calculated aloud.

“Wow!”, my wife exclaimed. “And these schools are supposed to be not-for-profit.”

“What? How come they are not-for-profit?”, I asked. This was news to me.

“Yes”, she replied. “That’s what the group members are saying on the Supreme Court judgement. Nobody is allowed to commercialize or resort to profiteering in the education segment. There is some DEO and FRCC that they want to write to but who are not responding.”

“So, the government is actually sleeping, while the private schools are making crores of rupees of profit!”, I said. “I wonder how much one school makes in total? How many classes are there?”

“There are around eight to nine sections and 14 class years”, she replied.

“That makes it around 120 classes.”, I calculated. “So, 42 lacs multiplied by 120 classes will make it a cool profit of Rs. 50 Crore per annum for this school. And in the last seven to eight years, they would have made a profit of Rs. 350 crore. And that is just one school.

A whistle escaped my lips as I did the next calculation.

“What?”, my wife asked.

“There must be at least 50 similar schools in Gurgaon only.”, I replied. “Even if they looted a little less at say Rs. 100 Crore, then only from Gurgaon Rs. 5000 Crore have been looted!! This is a huge scam! And all over India in these 500 smart cities of India, there must be at least a 5000 such schools. All over India, this scam is at least worth Rs. 500,000 Crore rupees!! Why is everyone sleeping?!!

“No wonder the schools are busy opening branches all over India and all the politicians are involved in school openings!”, my wife grumbled. “And they are looting this from my kid’s future. We haven’t even started saving for their higher education.”

“I wonder how much the school loots from the kids future. So, with a cost of Rs. 46 lacs in a class of 32 kids, we should have been paying around Rs. 1.45 lacs per kid. Lets make that Rs. 1.75 lacs for reasonable provision. This means that a parent is easily losing Rs. 1 Lac per child over a span of 14 years in the school.”, I again calculated.

“Don’t forget that they hike this by 8% per annum every year.”, my wife added.

“Yes.”, I concurred. “So, this one lakh keeps on increasing by 8% every year and we also lose the FD interest of say around 7% per annum on compound basis”

I quickly pulled up an excel sheet and plugged in the numbers. After seeing the final number, I looked up at my wife.

“I guess you are right”, I said. “The school is stealing from the kid’s future. And they are stealing almost Rs. 35 lacs per child. For two kids we are losing Rs. 70 lacs. We are at the higher end of the bracket, but the average parent must be losing easily around Rs. 10 to Rs. 15 lacs per child, which could easily be invested for the child’s higher education.”

“See. And for you, your books and your Whatsapp discussion are more important. At least use your IIT brain for something bigger. I know you don’t care about your money, at least help the other parents save their money.”, my wife replied.

I sighed.

“Send me the Telegram link and I will join.”, I replied.

Dear Friends, above is the story of how I got pulled into this Parent’s movement of Gurgaon Parents Association. And I am shell-shocked at what I have discovered.

This is not a new problem. The Supreme Court and High Court Rulings track such cases from as far as 1975 onwards. Over the years, the law has been clarified. But still through lethargy, lack of information and sheer psychology, this Private School Fees Scam has continued to perpetuate over the years.

But once the veil is removed from one’s eyes, there is no option but to take a stand. And I have to get rid of my lethargy and fight for my child’s future.

Who am I?

I am The Indian Parent who wants to ensure a better future for their child.

I am not an ATM for the School Management to take money out of. I am now aware of my rights and how these rights are being flouted.

All these laws, the layered system of complaints and appeals and the resultant continuous annual loot is like a Chakravyuh engulfing each of the Indian Parent. The only way to break this Chakravyuh is for trapped parents to Unite and Fight. This is how big battles are won.

The 2013 Judgement

The first course of action is to establish the legal position on the subject. As I related above, I was unaware of basic provisions of the law which protect my rights. If the problem is law itself, then the situation is more dire as a lot of ground has to be covered. But in this case, we are fortunate that there are a series of judgements which outline the basic mechanism of operation of unaided private schools and the legal rights thereof.

In the case of Gurgaon, we are even more fortunate that there is a detailed judgement by High Court of Punjab & Haryana dated 9th April 2013. The judgement arose from a series of writ petitions starting from 2009 onwards in which the issue of school fees hike by unaided private educational institutions is dealt in detail.

The original petitioner alleged that private educational institutions “are taking the parents to ransom by whimsically enhancing the school fees on the one hand” and the respondent Government Bodies including the educational boards like CBSE “have not come forward to check the same and thereby they have failed to perform their legal and constitutional obligations”.

Reading this I could not help but wonder that even after passage of 12 years from filing of the petition, still the same state of affairs continues. I am sure that the original petitioners’ children would have already graduated. Isn’t this a colossal shame of a non-working system? The whole political system got changed in 2014 but sadly still the same state of affairs continues.

This judgement goes in detail over previous judgements and in addition it got the Government and Regulatory boards to file affidavits and compliance reports on various aspects. After due deliberation, while balancing the need for independent education institutions to charge for facilities and quality of education and the need to prevent profiteering, the court observed the following:

Para 79 reads: “What follows from the above said is that freedom is to be given to the schools to fix their fees structure as fixation thereof depends upon the infrastructure and facilities available in the schools, investments made and salaries paid to the teachers and staff as well as the future plans for expansion and/or betterment of institution. Obviously, there cannot be any uniformity in all the schools in respect of aforesaid parameters.”

And, followed by Para 80, “At the same time, the Supreme Court has also laid down categorical principles that the schools cannot indulge in profiteering and they cannot charge capitation fee higher, therefore, the fees fixation is subject to the aforesaid two restrictions. It is also to be ensured that the fees/funds collected by the Schools from parents/teachers are not transferred from the school funds to the society or the trust which runs such schools or any other institutions”.

Finally, the judgement raises the pertinent question of how to balance the two in Para 81: “The moot question is while giving freedom to the schools to fix their own fees structure, how to ensure that these schools are not indulging in profiteering/commercialization of education and are also not diverting funds through unauthorized channels. In Delhi Abhibhavak Mahasangh case (supra), Delhi High Court expressed the view that there was a need for establishing a permanent Regulatory Body/mechanism, the rationale whereof is given in paras No. 72 and 81, already extracted above.

Finally, in Para 82, the operative part of the judgement is given as “No doubt, in the instant cases before us, as per the replies filed by the official respondents themselves, most of the schools are fulfilling the requirements of submitting the Annual Reports etc. At the same time, it is also a matter of record that there is hardly any examination of these records which are simply dumped by the schools with the Boards/Regulatory Authorities and keep lying there in their archives. Needless to mention that it is the duty of the official respondents to ensure that increase in the fees undertaken by a particular school is justified and necessitated by other circumstances like increase in expenditure or because of developmental activities needed and does not result into profiteering. It is also to be ensured that the funds are not diverted elsewhere. However, there is no mechanism for checking the same. In a situation like this, we are of the opinion that the States of Punjab and Haryana as well as Union Territory, Chandigarh should also provide for some permanent Regulatory Bodies/mechanism which would go into this aspect on regular basis. We accordingly give directions to the States of Punjab, Haryana as well as Union Territory, Chandigarh to examine the feasibility of establishing such a mechanism and take decision thereupon within a period of six months from today. Till that is done and in order to sort out the issue as to whether the hike in fees by the schools is proper or not, we would like to follow the same path as done by the High Court of Delhi, namely, setting up a Committee with the task to go into the accounts of the Schools and find out the reasonableness of increase in fees by the schools.

Hence, from the above highlighted segments we can conclude that the courts are fully cognizant of the problem in a balanced manner. The problematic area is execution of the Court Order which is the duty of the Executive Government.

2013 Court Appointed Committee Findings

The Committee for Haryana as directed by the High Court as per the above judgement was headed by Justice Kiran Anand Lall and it submitted a report in 2014 on Satluj Public School of Panchkula, Sector 2 and 4 (Link here).

The following section is reproduced from the given link:

The report stated that these schools are ‘becoming richer at the cost of students (by increasing fee)’. The report highlighted that following the court directive, the committee inquired into the account books of the school and found startling revelations.

The Committee found that Crores were being earned by the school as profit every year for the last three years, even after that, the school is increasing the tuition fee. In the 2012-13 session, there was a 23.41% increase in the school fee and in 2013-14 the increase was 10.19%.

According to the inquiry report, “The school had also acquired huge fixed assets worth Rs 134.51 lakh in 2012-13, Rs 270.47 lakh in 2013-14, which had no connection with making available better facilities to students studying there.”

Not only this, according to the report, the school collected Rs 4,64,09,650 as fee for 2012-13 academic session. However, the log books show Rs 3,73,21655 as the total fee collected. There is no information of the surplus amount of Rs 9,087,995. Similar was the case in the session 2013-14 where Rs 7,852,099 was the surplus amount.

Committee found that the school has been earning an annual profit of crores from the school fee and other charges such as transportation, computer fee etc. The committee has taken a cognizance of the fact that the school, despite earning heavy profits is still charging high fees every year.

The committee has recommended ‘admission fee charged from its student at the time they took admission in the next class viz. 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 12th, is also recommended to be refunded with interest of 9 % per annum.’ The report reads, “Since the fee hiked in the year 2012-13 is also a part of the fee for the subsequent year, 2013-14, the hike in fee for 2013-14 to the extent it is relatable to the fee hiked in 2012-13 ought also to be refunded along with interest rate of 9 per cent per annum.”

From the above report of the High Court appointed Committee headed by a Judge, we can justifiably conclude that when a forensic audit of even one of the schools was undertaken, it revealed a trail of excessive commercialization and profit making to the tunes of Crores of Rupees. Hence, my guesswork calculation done earlier is substantiated by the Court that large schools are making Crores of Rupees of profit every year. It is to be noted that none of the appointed committees found a contradictory case whereby it could be concluded that the private schools are not indulging in commercializing and profit making.

Now, justifiably the question is how many such private schools are there in Haryana. As per the list given on Government of Haryana Education website, there are over 8,000 unaided private schools in Haryana. Out of the list given at the website, at least 3000 schools can be assumed to be fully functional with large number of children. The larger schools schools from these 3000 are making tens of crore of profit per annum and smaller schools are probably making profits of Fifty lacs to few Crores per annum.

Given the above, we can reasonably assume that as found by the Court Appointed Committee, on the average private unaided schools are at the minimum overcharging fees to the tune of Rupee Two Crore per annum. This implies that the Private School Fees Scam is worth Rs. 6,000 Crore per annum in Haryana alone. And this is assuming a low number of 3000 private schools.

Over the last seven years since the Court Appointed Committee established that this loot is in fact happening, executive inaction has caused an estimated loss of Rs. 42,000 Crore collectively to Haryana Parents.

If there are a few parents forming Action Committees, prima facie they are fighting for a just cause. The continued inaction by the executive in correcting the situation in-spite of Court ordered corrective measures hints at an unholy nexus which needs to be unearthed. Otherwise, for the next three years of the current Government, there will be a further loot of another Rs. 18,000 Crore. And these are conservative estimates, the actual loot (or non-loot) will only be known if the executive actually conducts a forensic audit of all the 8,000 private schools falling in its jurisdiction.

The Loot Mechanism of Private Schools

Now, after establishing the above numbers, the obvious question is how such a loot is possible and how schools avoid compliance to required laws.

Over here we turn to an article in Business Standard in 2020 (Link here), which claims that Profit Making in Schools is an open secret and further says that Government should legalize it.

The article contains some shocking declarations such as – (a) “A growing lobby of school founders and owners of school chains is urging the government to declare the sector as for-profit because everyone is earning a profit out of it in any case.” And (b) “Currently, private education in India generates a significant amount of black money. It is an open secret that school owners make money — at times hand over fist — but maintain that they are not for profit”.

Finally, the article details how the school Founders and Promoters make money – “Currently, most schools or chains operate through a trust or society that is not for profit. However, the trust enters into several related party transactions with entities that supply services or products needed by the school. These entities are usually owned by the promoter or founder of the school. For instance, an entity owned by the promoters may own the land on which the school is built and enter into a lease agreement with the trust. As and when desired, the rental charged to the school is increased. This is one way for the promoter to earn while maintaining the garb of not-for-profit. Similarly, almost anything required by the school — computers, hardware, software, desks, chair and so on — is sold to it by a company belonging to the founders or promoters of the school. At times, these transactions are at market rates and sometimes at inflated rates. In many private schools, almost all contracts handed out are inflated by 15-20 per cent, which is the promoter’s cut.

Hiding their above game, the schools play a typical game of first dividing and ruling the common public which is further supplanted by showing specious compliances to court ordered requirements. Then the schools indulge in blackmailing tactics of various kinds which typically revolve around cutting the salaries of the hapless teachers with which the parents are pained by.

Additionally, the schools avoid multiple required compliances such as forming a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) or conducting the elections of this PTA and even further by not publishing the minutes of such PTA’s. The school is typically operated by a Management Committee which is expected to have one Parent elected by the PTA as per Haryana School Education Rules of 2003. But this seldom happens in reality.

When asked about basis of fees hike, the schools cite that these have been approved as per prevalent law. Then they don’t respond to any request for proof or documentation. Since the schools have become huge money-making machines, they are able to afford such stalling. The typical parent is single and hence is unable to put in the required effort to make the schools comply.

Even after multiple protests, the schools don't budge on their fees. And the prime reason is the sleeping government. See, here, here and here.

The Sleeping Haryana Government

The Haryana Government has failed the public on numerous occasions. The Government is only making specious compliances and lip service effort to the court’s directions. This is borne out by the aftermath of the above 2013 Court Ruling.

At first, the then Haryana Government seemed to be proactive and they showed their compliance to the court order by changing the Haryana School Education Rules on 28th Jan 2014 by adding section 158-A whereby a Fee and Fund Regulatory Committee (FFRC) at the Division Level under the chairmanship of the District Education Officer (DEO).

The schools were expected to file a Form VI every year detailing the previous year expenses and planned fees to be charged for the current year. The aggrieved parents were expected to approach this FRCC for redressal.

On 26th October 2014, the same year as the above committee report was submitted, the new Government under Chief Minister ML Khattar was sworn in. Understandably, the annual issue of fees hike by private schools and the cure thereof should have been a high priority for a government promising change. But this issue took a complete back-burner with the Khattar Government.

Since its formation, the FRCC has proved to be a totally toothless organization as is observed by the High Court in a judgement dated 2017.

This judgement observes the following: “I am of the tentative opinion that Rule 158-A of the Haryana School Education Rules 2003 which was incorporated on the statute book does not really answer the requirements of the Division Bench as enumerated in paragraph 82 (refer above in earlier judgement of 2013) because as it is laid it has reduced the FFRC to a clerical organization rather than a quasi-judicial organization headed by the officer of the rank of Commissioner of the Division. I have suggested to learned counsel that I propose to direct the State Government to reconsider the provisions of Rule 158-A.

Further the order observes, “Today the learned Deputy Advocate General has informed the Court that even before the passing of this order the Government was alive to the fact that Rule 158-A of the Haryana School Education Rules 2003 needed to be amended and in fact the process is already underway.

The above was the situation in 2017. Now, let’s see what happens in 2021 when another petitioner approached the courts through a PIL to enforce the changes in the FFRC as was asked in the Court ruling of 2017.

This ruling reads as, “The petitioners have filed this petition by way of public interest litigation for issuance of a writ in the nature of mandamus to direct the respondent- authorities to comply with the directions issued by this Court in Civil Writ Petition No. 20323 of 2017 Surinder Adlakha and others v. State of Haryana and others. Learned Additional Advocate General appearing for the respondent- State of Haryana submits that the representation dated 15.09.2020 (Annexure P-9) filed by the petitioners shall be considered and dealt with in accordance with law expeditiously by the respondent-authorities and decision thereof would be communicated to the petitioners.

Hence, since 2014, the Government of Haryana only shows its face in the Court and only does lip service for complying with the 2013 judgement. This shameful news clipping clearly shows that the attitude of the Khattar Government.

Chandigarh Administration Push for Transparency

It is to be noted that, Punjab Government in 2016 promulgated the Punjab State Regulation of Fee of Un-aided Educational Institution Act in which it established a Regulatory Body at the division level along with conferring it with quasi-judicial powers as envisioned under the 2013 High Court Judgement. Hence it clearly complied with the High Court order.

Then in 2018, Chandigarh Administration extended the Punjab act to UT of Chandigarh along with additional proviso of uploading the audited accounts and balance sheets on the school’s website.

As is the trend amongst these private schools, this proviso was challenged in High Court in 2020.

Now finally, in a recent judgement dated 28th May 2021, while dismissing the petitions, the High Court upheld the action of Chandigarh Administration.

On uploading of Audited Financials by schools, the Court observed that, “It is matter of record that though the petitioners are submitting the financial records to the respondents, however we are also of the same view as taken by this Court in Anti-corruption's case (supra) (Refer 2013 Judgement) that neither the State Governments are considering the financial record submitted by the private institutions meticulously nor the officials go into the depth of the account statements prepared by professional Chartered Accountants."

The Court further observed that, "Therefore, if the financial statement of the private institutions is uploaded on the website of the institutes, the same will ensure in maintaining transparency and will be an aid in achieving the goal of ensuring that no Institute is indulging in profiteering and charging of capitation fee. It cannot be disputed that there are institutions which indulge in charging of capitation fees and indulge in profiteering."

The Court further observed that, "If the financial statements of the Institutes are uploaded on the website of the Institutions, the parents of the students will be able to look into financial statements of the institutes. There is high probability that various parents may have an expertise in the field of accounting which will help the administration in ensuring that no Institute/ School indulges in profiteering or charging of capitation fees.

The Court further observed that, “The intention of the institutions to not/resist upload(ing) the financial statements create(s) more suspicion. If the private institutes upload their financial statements on the websites, it will help in achieving the goal of transparency and accountability, which are essential features of a reasonable fee structure and it will also generate confidence in the parents.

On the matter of Right to Privacy, the Court rightly observed that “The right to privacy is primarily for the individuals. Though the right to privacy is also available to artificial entities, but since the field of education is a charitable occupation, we do not find any reason to hold that uploading of the financial statements on the websites of the private educational institutions in any manner will breach the right to privacy."

The Court further observed that, "Public Interest Test would be applied to weigh the scales whether information should be furnished or would be exempt. It is a settled position of law that Disclosure may be allowed where the Public Interest in disclosure, outweighs any possible harm or injury to be caused. Reference made to the judgement of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India in Central Public Information Officer, Supreme Court of India v. Subhash Chandra Agarwal, 2019 (16) Scale 40. In the present case the uploading of the financial statements will have more benefits to the society and as such cannot be held to be bad in law.

Other State Government have also started correcting their respective laws. The State of Rajasthan has strengthened the Parent Teacher Association and made a strong committee for deciding the annual fee hikes. This ensures that most of the fee hike issues get sorted at the school level only (See the Act here).

The Gujarat Government has introduced a law that caps the fees to be charged at Rs. 27,000 per annum but those schools offering better services are allowed to charge more but only after a detailed analysis of the school proposal and investments (See the Act here).

The Way Forward

By my calculations, I have already lost around Rs. 10 lacs to Rs 12 lacs of my hard-earned post-tax money to these private schools. If I continue to be a by-stander, I stand to lose another Rs. 60 lacs as calculated above. Obviously, all this money will be reflected as a shortfall in the higher education fund for my children. Then my children might be forced to take out loans to pursue higher education resulting in heavy burden on their initial earning years.

Similarly, other Parents are realizing this. Each of these parents stand to lose lacs of Rupees over the next few years. I would like to caution the readers that for the petitioners who petitioned the Courts in 2009, all the effort was wasted at the altar of the sleeping Government. Till 2021, the Children of the petitioners would have already graduated and the parents would have lost lacs of Rupees.

In the current Government’s regime, the parents have already lost over Rs. 42,000 Crore in the last seven years. Over the next three years, the parents collectively stand to lose another Rs. 18,000 crores if no action is taken by this Government.

The current COVID situation has further brought out the reality of the Private School business and their looting mindset. While many of the parents are suffering from both financial and personal crisis, the schools have lost no time in hiking fees for the current year. While the schools made large savings in expenditure in the last year, none of the savings have been passed on to the hapless parents.

With a sleeping Government, hiking fees has become the God Given right of these schools. This situation is clearly untenable.

Hence, realizing this, the Gurgaon Parent Association Channel already has now more than 3,500 parents as participants. Given that there are 6000 private schools in Haryana, there are at least One Crore impacted parents in Haryana.

One Crore parents are actually one crore voters. In a democratic setup, when such open loot is happening, the agenda of these voters should be very clear. There is an urgent need to unmask the unaccountable invisible Government hiding behind the visible elected Government. If we don’t make the unaccountable accountable, we the voters will continue to be looted.

Finally, the Haryana Government should also wake up and realize that it’s in the Governments own interest to discharge its statutory responsibility for which the voters have actually elected the Government. During the COVID situation when regular teaching is severely impacted, the below suggested changes can be easily enforced by taking severe action of de-regulating non-compliant school managements. As the teaching is any ways impacted, the parents wouldn’t mind a surgical strike of corrective action being performed on the school managements.

For performing such surgical strikes, the Government can form an Empowered State Education Management Committee consisting of eminent educators/alumni from various top institutes like IIT, IIMs, IISc etc. This Management Committee can then take over the non-compliant institutes at short notice and then run these institutions in a more cost-efficient manner while providing world class education. After some time, the management of such schools can be transitioned to a better society which complies with laws and is agreeable to the Parent Teacher Association. I am sure all other parents would welcome such an idea. The above idea is similar to the practice used widely in bringing bankrupt companies out of bankruptcy. RBI also follows this practice in regulation of Banks and the same practice was recently used to manage failing private banks. In this method, as teachers will continue the education, there will be least disruption to studies of the children.

A fraction of the amount of money that is being looted can ensure that the quality of school education becomes world class. The teachers who perform the most important duty should not be made to suffer at the hands of the profit-making school owners. The salaries of these teachers can easily be increased multi-fold provided the Government wakes up and performs its duty.

Hence, we as the impacted parents and voters pledge for the implementation of the following agenda:

  1. Join other like-minded parents who no longer want to act as the ATM for the profit seeking Private Schools. By doing this, we will be able to defeat the Divide and Rule agenda of the Private School lobby. Moreover, we will ensure that during elections the Education Agenda becomes a primary agenda. This site has a forum where you can join other parents for fact based discussions. Link Here. If you share your local area Facebook or telegram group details with us through email, then we will publish them on resources page of this website.

  2. Publicize and push the Executive & Legislature to perform their duties by ensuring that:

  3. An efficient quasi-judicial fee regulatory authority is set up which will ensure that Private Schools do not indulge in rampant profit making. The Haryana Government should immediately bring the Haryana Private School Fee Regulation Act similar to one adopted by the Chandigarh Administration (as modified from Punjab Fee Regulation Act) and implement the same in Haryana. Every day the Haryana Government delays this activity would show the Government's lack of resolution to prevent the ongoing loot of 6,000 crore per annum.

  4. Complete transparency is adopted with the display of audited school financials on every school’s website and Government of Haryana Education portal. All previous submitted financials should be made available to Parents immediately.

  5. The profit-making system of private schools to be made illegal by forbidding related party transactions and/or benchmarking these against prevailing market rates.

  6. The Parent Teacher Association should be strengthened by significantly increasing its representation in the School Management and Fee Deciding body.

  7. Parents of all new and existing students should be made aware of these rules and should be required to participate in the PTA elections on a yearly basis.

  8. A forensic audit of the all the private schools’ financials for last ten years should be undertaken so as to recover the over Rs. 42,000 crore which has been looted from the parents.

  9. It should be ensured that teachers in private schools get adequately paid.

  10. A State Education Management Committee consisting of highly qualified eminent educators/alumni from top institutes should be formed. This committee can take over non-compliant school managements at a short notice and introduce world class practices in such schools at lower costs. After stabilizing the school, the Management of the school can be transitioned to a new Management Committee which is agreeable to the Parent Teacher Association of the school.

  11. For other parents, we encourage you to calculate how much your school is looting you and we will make school-wise estimates available here. We also intend to analyze Form VI filings of various schools for discrepancies.

  12. For implementing the above agenda, we at The Indian Parent look forward to other like-minded parents for joining us together at the following places:

  13. This Website Forum - Link here

  14. Twitter & Koo: Connect with other parents on Twitter and Koo. For connecting you may leave your handles on the post created on Website Forum.

  15. Telegram groups: Join telegram groups such as the one for Gurgaon Parents Association. Form local telegram groups.

  16. Those who are from other States can send their request to us and we will analyze State Laws of your state and recommend way forward. Note that at the India Level, this scam might be much larger at more than ₹500,000 Crore.

We will keep track of the situation and we will keep publishing.

Yours Truly,

The Indian Parent.

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