District magistrate (DM) BN Singh on Thursday directed the District Inspector of Schools to issue directions to private schools to display board affiliation and the norms they follow outside the school premises at a place easily visible to parents.
Presently, a majority of the schools do not have such displays even though similar directions have been issued several times in the past.
The DM’s order came on the basis of a complaint by Shiksha Adhikar Andolan (SAA) — a body demanding reforms in education — whose members met Singh at the collectorate office on Thursday and submitted a seven-point memorandum of demands addressed to the chief minister.
AK Singh, a member of the SAA, said, “We pointed out to the DM that schools are not displaying the norms and admission details at a publicly accessible spot outside the school premises. The DM immediately called the DIOS and directed him to issue such a circular to all schools.”
The SAA also demanded a rollback of fee hike in private schools. Through the DM, the body urged the chief minister to issue an interim order to provide relief to parents. They said in cases where parents have deposited the increased fee, it should be adjusted in further fee payments for the next quarter.
Among its other demands, the SAA said that allotment to education should be increased to 6% of the GDP and government schools’ infrastructure should be improved and brought on a par with private schools.
It added that school teachers should not be deployed for election duties or conducting surveys. “Teachers should concentrate on teaching,” the SAA memorandum read.
Raj Kumar Bhati, a local leader who was a part of the group that met the DM, said, “We have demanded a take over of private schools by the government if such schools do not follow government directions. The authority should cancel their allotment and seal such schools. The government should appoint the state management to run the school.”