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Why some IAS parents could pull kids out of Sanskriti School, but won’t fight fee hike

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Some IAS parents not fighting fee hike as Sanskriti School is headed by Cabinet Secretary’s wife

With Delhi’s elite Sanskriti School refusing to budge from its decision to raise its fees by almost 50 per cent, some civil servant parents are contemplating putting their children in other schools.

Sanskriti School, situated in Delhi’s Chanakyapuri, was founded by a group of civil servants, and reserves 60 per cent of its seats for children of Group A government officers. The stand-off between the parents and the school authorities marks a rift of sorts between the country’s top civil servants, since the school managing committee chairperson post is earmarked for the Cabinet Secretary’s wife.

Some of the parents, who are senior officers in the central government, said parents’ WhatsApp groups are fraught with discussions about changing their children’s school if the authorities don’t budge. The parents would be left with no choice since the school’s revised fee is simply unaffordable for a civil servant, given their average salary of around Rs 1.5 lakh per month.

While the parents have asked the school to call for a meeting with them to discuss and negotiate the fee structure, the school has not yielded to their requests so far. Disgruntled parents say the school’s refusal to not roll back the fee hike even at the time of a pandemic betrays its “arrogance”, and they are left with no option but to enroll their children elsewhere.

There is no decision on their proposal to ask for a CAG audit into the school’s finances yet, since most civil servants are reluctant to get into a murky stand-off with the management of the school, which is occupied by their seniors in the bureaucracy.

Also read: Civil servant-parents of Delhi’s elite Sanskriti School want CAG audit after fee hike

Officials clueless about Kejriwal’s claim that 60% deaths occurred in 3 containment zones

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal claimed in a TV interview last Saturday that three containment zones in Delhi contributed 60 per cent of the deaths due to Covid-19.

But not only are Delhi government officials mum about corroborating the CM’s claims, most of them are clueless about which three zones Kejriwal was referring to.

The death toll in Delhi stands at 73 as of Sunday afternoon, and was at 61 when the CM made the claim last Saturday.

ThePrint approached several Delhi health department officials, who said they were not aware of the containment zones the CM was referring to. Members of Kejriwal’s own team were also caught unawares by the claim. ThePrint also approached CM Kejriwal for a clarification, but there was no response.

A source said two of the three containment zones Kejriwal was referring to could have been in Delhi’s Central district, which have reported 12 deaths each for a total of 24 out of the then-figure of 61. However, even in that there’s a contradiction, as the figures given out by the district magistrate for these two containment zones adds up to 20.

No one seems to know which is the third zone Kejriwal referred to.

Also read: 75% coronavirus cases in Delhi are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms, says CM Kejriwal


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  1. This shows , poor has no place in this country when IAS officers are so helpless.
    This country needs a dictator line me who shall first look into all these powerful people and classes including gundaas , looters in various outfits …

  2. The funny thing is they are government employees who wouldn’t not send their kids to government schools run by them, but they would endorse others to join. We know why they don’t. The quality of government schools is pathetic (there are exceptions). But teachers at government schools are paid far more than teachers at private schools. That’s what is ammusing. They get paid handsomely, but still don’t deliver the goods. And teachers at government schools also send their children to private schools. It should be made mandatory that government employees should put their kids in government schools only.

  3. its quiet stupid for the society to be headed by “cab secy wife ” as if that is some sort of designation that one holds on merit and what is the answerability . Its a God damn educational institution . I mean will they lose there mind if ever a woman becomes the cab secy , who will head the society then , cause i dont see any non hetro couple being welcomed to the post soon .

  4. Where is problem in system of India. After pasing more than 70 years of freedom we are following Britishers rule and policy of divide and rule. Super high class, high class, business class, middle class, poor class, EVS Class and so on. It create differences in society and unequility between the knowledgeable and unknowledgeable, rich and poor. We have no controll over besic needs of society services like education, medical. Education is totaly failure in India there is no control of Government. Business is first in all educational institution or school. They are branding their business. Government schools at primary level only for very poor class persons and only for feeding children not educating them. Private schools are of different class like five star, four star, three star etc A family of farmer or middle class person can’t afford good class education for their children.

  5. This school is of the civil servants, by the civil servants and for the civil servants. Conflict is quite amusing.

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