Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday ordered a crackdown and sent 'takeover notices' to two branches of a private school in Delhi.
The takeover notices were sent to Maxfort Schools in Pitampura and Rohini. Both schools were asked to respond within 15 days.
The takeover notice was sent under section 20 of the Delhi School Education Act of 1973 which allows for the Delhi state to take over the management of any school if it flouts educational laws. It can however do so only after giving a reasonable cause.
According to the government, the decision against the schools came after the it observed large scale violations of various provisions of the Delhi School Education Act,1973 and rules under the Right to Education Act,2009.
Within 15 days, the Maxfort management has to respond to why the state should not exercise its right to take over the school's management.
According to an AAP spokerperson, the Education Ministry took the action after receiving complaints from the Maxfort School Parents Association alleging that the management indulged in money laundering, increasing capitation fees, scrupulous admissions, and even harassment of children.
The school has also been charged for tax evasion through manipulation of accounts with the help of auditors and Directorate of Education and formation of fake trusts societies for receiving capitation fee against admissions.
Manish Sisodia late on Monday tweeted stating that the school administration has also been charged for submitting incomplete and forged records regarding EWS admission submitted by school management to the Directorate of Education on a regular basis.
प्राइवेट स्कूलों की मनमानी रोकने के लिए एक कड़ा फैसला :— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) April 11, 2016
मैक्सफोर्ट स्कूल्स की दो ब्रांच्स को टेकओवर करने का शो कॉज नोटिस। N/1
पैरेंट्स और टीचर्स से मिली शिकायतों की जांच के बाद मैक्सफोर्ट, रोहिणी और पीतमपुरा को टेकओवर करने की तैयारी की जा रही है। N/2— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) April 11, 2016
मैक्सफोर्ट स्कूल्स की दोनों ब्रांच्स में EWS एडमिशन में धांधली, वित्तीय अनियमितता, टीचर्स का फर्जी रिकॉर्ड रखने के मामले सामने आए हैं। N/3— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) April 11, 2016
To look into the matter, Education Minister Sisodia had directed the District the Magistrate to set up a committee to inquire into the allegations.
After an inspection of the school, the committee found that school authorities did not cooperate with the committee and failed to provide complete admission records of EWS/DG category for the past year. With the available records, the committee found that the number of such seats filled were far below the 25% as is mandatory under the RTE Act.
The committee also observed that the school also failed to furnish the details relating to salary statements of the staff, attendance registers of the staff and other relevant documents.
According to an AAP spokeperson, the economic offence wing of Delhi Police will be registering a case and conducting an inquiry with regard to violations that inlcude tax evasion and money laundering by the society running the schools.
The spokeperson also said that the government is looking into more such private schools that have violated the rules under the Delhi School Education Act,1973 and rules under the Right to Education Act,2009.
Maxfort's management was not available for comment.