In its orders issued on Thursday, the district administration has warned private schools against seeking donations during admissions besides telling them to stop all commercial activities on their premises with immediate effect.
Grappling with the issue for the past few days, the district administration, after conducting inspections at various schools of the city, also directed private schools to adjust the overcharged fee in the next quarter.
“We have clearly asked the schools to refrain from taking any sort of donations and also shut all sorts of shops on their premises. As there was lack of transparency in accounts of the schools, we have also told them to get the audit done of the fee taken from students,” said deputy commissioner Varun Roojam.
Roojam said during the inspection it was found that schools were fleecing parents by levying various charges other than fee. They have been clearly told not to collect any other charges from parents and exempt them from late-fee fine.
The deputy commissioner also said it was found that schools were violating the norms of the Central Bureau of Secondary Education (CBSE), and the board has been informed about it. “If any school is found violating the orders, the state government will be informed, and it will write to the CBSE to cancel the affiliation of the school,” he said.
District education officer (secondary) Satinder Bir Singh who along with his deputy Satish Kumar and district science supervisor Sudeep Kaur is conducting inspections in various schools is in the process of preparing the final report to be submitted to local bodies minister Anil Joshi.
Parents meet Joshi
Earlier in the day, parents met Joshi and gave him a memorandum, accusing private schools of looting them. The minister assured them that the issue will be taken up in the cabinet meeting on April 30. Parents said schools should be stopped from taking re-admission fee every year and hiking the tuition fee by more than 10%. The parents also complained about donations being taken by schools besides charges under various heads. Parents also met the DC and sought his help.
Tarn Taran district administration orders sealing of five non-registered schools
Tightening the noose around private schools in the wake of ongoing protests by parents, Tarn Taran additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Bakhtawar Singh has ordered to seal five non-registered private schools in the district.
Presiding over a meeting with district-level education advisory committee members, including district education officer (DEO) Parmjit Singh, the ADC also directed the officials to go forward with the proposal of sealing five other schools that are not following the rules.
Bakhtawar Singh also directed the DEO to write to the state government about shortage of teachers in government schools. Raising concern over the decreasing number of students in government schools, he said parents should be convinced that government schools are a better option than private ones, which are fleecing them.
The ADC also said that students’ safety cannot be compromised at any cost and all private schools should keep it as their top priority.
The official also conducted meetings with advisory committees of other departments, including health and police. He directed the officials to redress people’s grievances.