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Punjab govt restores free education to girl students

Neha Arora, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, April 19, 2013
First Published: 19:27 IST(19/4/2013) | Last Updated: 14:05 IST(20/4/2013)

The state government has amended its decision to completely withdraw free education facility to girl students in government schools.

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Speaking with HT over phone, secretary school education Anjali Bhawra said: “Free education will be provided to girl students, whose family income is below poverty line, girls who have lost their father and wards of landless labourers and farmers are also entitled to avail this facility.”

“Of the total number of girl students, 30 per cent studying in rural areas and 20 per cent from urban areas will be provided free education. The school head would check the financial status of parents.”

However, she said that she would not be able to comment on a scenario, where the number of students satisfying the income and other criteria, exceeded the percentage limits.

The government had been providing free education to girl students since July 1, 2011. The idea was to encourage the poor families to educate their girl child without feeling any financial burden. The government also promised to provide free education to girls till graduation.

In addition to monthly school tuition fees, students would be required to make various other fee payments, which would total up to around Rs. 2,500 per year, including a monthly fee of Rs. 15 for the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) funds, Rs. 10 for sports and Rs. 5 for cultural activities, besides an annual fee of Rs. 240 at the time of admission for class 9-10.

Students of class 11-12 will pay Rs. 20 for PTA, Rs. 12 for sports and Rs. 8 for cultural activities, besides an annual fee of Rs. 300.

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