Director higher education (officiating director school education) Jitender Yadav on Monday issued an order to deputy director (school education) Chanchal Singh to ask the five-member committee, which was set up to look into parents’ complaints in the forced stationery purchase issue, to ‘rework on their report and submit a fresh one at the earliest’.
Talking to HT, Yadav said, “I did not find the report too clear and felt it lacked concrete measures or suggestions for action to be taken. It included observations and appeared as though we are passing the buck to other departments instead of taking action ourselves, wherever possible.”
“Hence, I have asked the deputy director, school education, to tell the committee members to review the report,” he added.
The five-member committee, comprising deputy DEO-2, subject experts of home science and commerce, had received about 78 complaints, alleging that these were making profit through sale of textbooks, uniforms and other stationery items, against city’s 37 private schools.
The committee was to suggest suitable action in this regard, keeping in view the existing rules and provisions of the Punjab Education Code, CBSE guidelines, provisions of the RTE Act and judgments by various courts as well as instructions issued by the ministry of human resource and development.
Despite repeated efforts, deputy director, school education, Chanchal Singh could not be reached for comments.
Last week, the education secretary had written to the DSE to speed up the process and take action against erring schools.
Chandigarh Parents’ Association president Nitin Goyal said, “It appears as though the department has done a clerical job or else they could have at least initiated some action or explanation from schools they have already received plaints about.”
Meanwhile, the DSE will meet education secretary Sarvjit Singh on Tuesday to discuss the issue.