400 schools may lose affiliation for failing to deposit sports fund

  • Neha Arora, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: May 27, 2014 21:27 IST

With the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) warning to cancel affiliation of schools for failing to deposit sports fund, about 400 aided and private schools in the district may end up losing their affiliation from the board.

The board has posted letters to these schools to warning to cancel their affiliation if they did not clear the dues at the earliest.

Hundreds of aided and private schools have not submitted sports funds for the 2012-13 and 2013-2014 sessions across the state.

These schools have been asked to deposit the sports fee for the students of Class 9-12. A senior accountant at the district education office said only 12 schools in Jalandhar district submitted the fund after the notice was issued.

“The schools were asked to submit the fund but they had not submitted the funds of two years. It was after the board posted a threatening letter, a few schools have responded”, she added.

As per the board’s norms, the schools have to deposit Rs 10 per month for every student of Class 9 and Class 10 and Rs 12 per month for a student of Class 11 and Class 12 students as sports fund.

The schools have been warned that if they do not submit the fund, they will not be able to participate in the Punjab State School Games and the certificates of those students who have achieved positions will be cancelled, adding that it will cancel their affiliation as well.

Twenty per cent of the sports fund collected is kept by the school while 80 per cent is deposited in the district education office of which 55 per cent is given to the state sports department to organise school games.

Ravinder Singh, district assistant education officer (AEO sports), said some schools in the district had reservation about submit sports funds saying their students had not even participated in the games.

“The last date of submitting the dues was March 31. But when the schools did not respond, the board warned them with cancelling their affiliation. The board has now asked to deposit the funds of both years together,” he added.

A principal of an affiliated school in Jalandhar said, “As none of our students participated in the state sports activity, why we should submit the fees? Moreover, how we will now ask those students who passed out in the 2012-2013 session to deposit sports fee as they have left.”

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