The standoff between parents association and private schools finally came to an end on Saturday after the parents agreed to compromise on a few of their demands during a special committee meeting chaired by sub divisional magistrate (SDM) Anmol Singh Dhaliwal.
The parents association has been protesting for the last seven weeks demanding to reduce tuition fee, stop annual funds and stop the sale of books, stationary and uniforms on school premises.
Bathinda deputy commissioner Basant Garg had earlier appointed a special committee to resolve the conflict between parents and schools after the parents association general secretary Rohit Sharma entered into a fast unto death.
Parents’ association president Gurwinder Sharma said, “We compromised for our childrens’ future as schools were forcing us to submit the fee. They were not allowing our children to attend classes without paying complete charges.”
Representative of the parents association Sukhdeep Singh Dhillon, who attended in the special committee meeting, said, “The administration seemed to be in favour of private schools, so we succeeded to get something more than nothing.”
Bathinda deputy commissioner Basant Garg stated that those schools that have increased the annual fee within the set limit of seven percent, the administration will see to it that parents are made liable to deposit the fee as per the booklets schedule.
The statement came after some schools alleged that some parents had themselves defaulted on fee payment.
The deputy commission said that if a parent does not pay fees, the school can take action against his or her child and bar the student from appearing in exam.
It was also agreed upon that no school will sell books, stationery and uniform on its campus and if it is done the education department will take action under Right to Education Act 2009. All schools affiliated to the CBSE have been directed to form a Parent Teacher Association by April 30, 2016 as per the CBSE Affiliation Bylaws Rules 20.
Regarding transport, both the factions agreed before committee that no school will force parents to use the transport facility provided by schools. The school management would also not allow student, who do not have driver’s licence, to park their vehicles on school premises.
It was also decided that schools will give admission to students belonging to scheduled caste, backward caste and economically weaker sections as per the RTE Rules.
Both factions also agreed that if a child faces any problem in the school, the issue will be first taken up with the school authorities and only then will the district administration be approached. If the problem is still not sorted out, the parent association will intervene with a written complaint. Besides this as per the CBSE Affiliation Bylaws Rules 11, no school will charge capitation fees and action will be taken against those who violate it.