Finally tightening the noose around private schools, the district administration issued an order letter stating that no school can now take re-admission fee and annual charges along with donations during admissions and also ordered that the schools which have not abided by the guidelines of CBSE and Justice Amar Dutt committee would have to roll back or adjust their portion of hiked fees and funds from 2012-13.
This announcement was made by Amritsar deputy commissioner Varun Roojam on Thursday after parents and members of Punjab Parents’ Association met him and requested to take a call on the fee hike issue which has brought many parents on roads and left them agitated.
Finally their requests and efforts have paid to a certain extent as the DC said as demanded, the district education officer (DEO) (SE) would be drafting an order letter.
“I have always been concerned about the parents and their demands and after the meeting today, I have assured them that DEO (SE) Satinder Bir Singh would be drafting an order letter which would be handed over to the school heads by the 11-member teams which would be visiting schools on Monday. Every school has to abide by the order issued,” says Roojam.
Roojam also clarified that this letter won’t be by DEO Elemantry as he is not authorised to issue one, thus DEO (SE) would be doing the job.
“The order letter clearly states that the schools which have not abided by the CBSE guidelines and Justice Amar Dutt Committee guidelines while making fee hikes would have to roll back or adjust the extra fees from 2012-13 session. Also, schools should stop doing re-admissions by charging annual charges,” asserts DC.
Roojam clearly stated that action would be taken on the schools who are fleecing parents on the name of development funds, annual charges and other funds.
A sigh of relief for parents
Representatives of Punjab Parents’ Association felt a sigh of relief after the DC assured that their demands are met and the administration would assure that private schools abide by the orders.
“We have been struggling since long on this issue and we are thankful to the DC who has assured us that schools will be told not to do re-admissions every year as that is a way of earning money and parents are being looted.
Then he has asked DEO (SE) to issue us a letter immediately and also hand it over to the school heads. This letter would make them roll back hiked fees amounts, “says MK Sharma who also took up the matter with the Punjab chief minister and asked him to form fee regulatory panel before polls.
DEO (SE) introduces principals representing teams
“We met DEO (SE) and he introduced us to the ten principals who have been selected to be part of 11-member teams which would start their visits from Monday and these teams would be handing over the order letter too.
The process would start when the teams meet school heads and then later when reports are submitted, DC sir would bring the school heads and parents together in a meeting to announce final decision,” said Gaurav Khanna and Dinesh Thukral, parents and members of the parents’ association.
There has been some positive development in the fee hike issue but the final decision is still pending and it will depend on the pace of the 11-member committees constituted to visit schools and also the DC taking a final call next week.