Fee hike: Jalandhar DC accepts schools at fault during meet with parents

  • Aakanksha N Bharadwaj, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: May 05, 2016 16:10 IST
Deputy commissioner KK Yadav interacting with members of the Punjab Parents’ Association in Jalandhar on Wednesday. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Deputy Commissioner Kamal Kishor Yadav on Wednesday met parents who have been protesting against the private school managements against the exorbitant fee, annual hike and other sundry charges. Yadav said he understood the concerns of the parents and agreed that the schools were having a free run as there were no clear regulations for fee structure.

Parents from various private schools in the district and education department officials were present at the meeting.

The DC said he was with the parents in their fight, but the final decision will be taken by the fee committee formed by the high court.

After the meeting, parents said they were hopeful that their fight will bring about the desired results. Parents also cited various orders passed by the high court and Central Board of Secondary Education and in reaction, the DC sought the copies of the orders so that he can act accordingly.

Issues orders to schools after parents complain

The DC, taking cognizance of CBSE letter dated April 12, has asked the schools not to force the students to buy books other than NCERT.

The letter states that “coercing students and their parents to buy books other than those prescribed by the NCERT is an unhealthy practice”.

After parents complained that the schools were pressing the students to deposit the admission fee and their wards were wary of going to school, the DC instructed the deputy DEO to send communications to all schools against doing so as the matter was sub-judice and a decision is awaited on May 31.

The DC, in the letter, has also ordered them not to take fine from students if they fail to come to the school because of a genuine reason.

I cannot do anything against schools: DC

When the parents sought action against the school managements, Yadav said he was not authorised to issue instructions as a fee committee is in place whose decision will prevail.

“If the parents face any problem in getting their wards admitted to a school, they can come to me for help as we have formed a admission monitoring committee. Issues related to fee, books and uniforms will be look after by the fee committee,” he said.

He, however, said in case the fee committee asks him to take action, he will do so instantly.

‘Unregistered schools to be taken to task’

Yadav said unregistered schools that don’t adhere to the RTE norms will be taken to task. “We will deal sternly with schools that do not adhere to RTE norms and will ask from the higher authorities to give them permission to cancel their affiliations.”

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