Amritsar admn sets May-10 deadline for pvt schools to roll back excessive fee

  • Usmeet Kaur, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: May 04, 2016 15:35 IST
Parents submitting a memorandum to DEO Satinderbir Singh in Amritsar on Tuesday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

As parents continue their agitation against private schools in the city, the district administration has set a deadline of May 10 for schools to roll back excessive fee. If they fail to do so, the administration will report them to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

Last week, deputy commissioner Varun Roojam tightened the noose around private schools when he ordered that no school can now demand donation during admissions and told them to shun commercial activities on their premises with immediate effect besides adjusting the overcharged fee in next quarter.

The orders, however, seem to have fallen on deaf ears. School heads and managements are being approached by parents regularly, but they are neither rolling back the extra fee nor revising their fee structure, which has forced parents to carry on with their agitation.


Speaking to Hindustan Times on Tuesday, the deputy commissioner (DC) shared the action plan to resolrents are approaching us and complaining about the schools not revising their fee policies. The deadline of May 10 has been set for the schools to resolve the matter. If they fail, they would face consequences,” said Roojam.

The DC stressed that the orders passed by him have to be complied with and schools do not have a choice in it. “If the Schools don’t abide by the orders and roll back the fee and regulate their fee structure by May 10, the matter will be taken up with the CBSE and they might be disaffiliated,” he said.


The matter was raised in the cabinet on April 30 by local bodies minister Anil Joshi. Joshi had earlier also directed the district administration to take up the issue seriously.

Joshi highlighted a number of complaints have been received from parents from across the state against exorbitant fee charged by private schools. Sources said the cabinet will discuss creation of a regulatory body in this regard in the next meeting.

On this, Roojam said: “It will be good if a regulatory body is formed, as then the schools will have no choice but comply with the orders.”

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