In what could reveal some sordid realities behind the functioning of schools, especially in the private sector, in Chandigarh, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the UT administration to submit a comparative chart of fees charged from students and salaries being paid to teachers by private as well as government-run schools.
The directions came from a division bench headed by acting chief justice Jasbir Singh on Friday on a petition filed by Gurbir Singh Sekhon, who had sought directions to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to inspect all government schools in Chandigarh to ensure that they fulfilled the criteria for affiliation and to chalk out a plan to bring them on a par with private schools.
While the administration had submitted that even government schools had good infrastructure, private schools (through the Independent Schools' Association) had requested and got listed as a party in the case, apparently apprehending some directions against themselves.
As it turns out, the court on Friday held the view that private schools were paying lower salaries, and thus also sought details of the number of teachers removed by them in the past five years and asked on what grounds. Further, the court now wants to know whether private schools' teachers are being paid salaries through cheque, in their accounts directly or by cash.
The next hearing, however, is in July now.