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Forced stationery purchase: Edu department sits on schools’ reply

Even after receiving replies from the seven private schools, which were issued notices for forcing parents to purchase textbooks and stationery from stores on the school premises, the UT education department is yet to spring into action.

punjab Updated: Apr 27, 2016 20:40 IST
HT Correspondent
The schools were issued the notice on April 15 and were given time to file their reply by April 20. However, the UT education department failed to receive all replies within the deadline.
The schools were issued the notice on April 15 and were given time to file their reply by April 20. However, the UT education department failed to receive all replies within the deadline.(HT Photo)

Even after receiving replies from the seven private schools, which were issued notices for forcing parents to purchase textbooks and stationery from stores on the school premises, the UT education department is yet to spring into action.

The schools were issued the notice on April 15 and were given time to file their reply by April 20. However, the UT education department failed to receive all replies within the deadline. And now, when all schools have filed their replies, the department is still mute over the issue.

Talking to HT, director school education (DSE) Rubinderjit Singh Brar said, “We are working out a solution with the CBSE to stop this menace. If schools continue to take our instructions lightly, we will write to the estate office regarding the resumption of school site with reference to the education secretary’s circular regarding the same.”

Display of stationery list: 55 of 73 schools submit details

Of the 73 schools, which were issued a circular on April 16 with regard to display of list of books/uniforms and other articles on the notice board/school website, 55 unaided private schools furnished their details with the education department till Monday.

Confirming the same, district education officer Vinay Sood said, “As many as 55 unaided and one aided school have furnished the details. Even the Institute for the Blind, Sector 26, has submitted the details.”

She added that the data was being compiled and that the DSE had instructed not to wait any longer for schools to submit the details as they had already been given sufficient time for the purpose.