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Protest staged against privatisation of schools in Ferozepur

The decision of state government to again hand over Government Adarsh School at Hardasa in Ferozepur, to private players has irked students, parents as well as staff members. Adarsh school has remained in controversy since its inception in 2011. After being run for two years by Baba Ishwer Singh Education Society till 31 March 2013, it was handed over to another private company, Educom

punjab Updated: Sep 04, 2016 14:57 IST
Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar
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Parents, students and teachers holding a protest outside district administrative complex in Ferozepur on Friday. (HT Photo)

The decision of state government to again hand over Government Adarsh School at Hardasa in Ferozepur, to private players has irked students, parents as well as staff members. Adarsh school has remained in controversy since its inception in 2011. After being run for two years by Baba Ishwer Singh Education Society till 31 March 2013, it was handed over to another private company, Educom.

But when the latter could not run it, its administration was facilitated to Zira sub divisional magistrate which has been running the school for past three years.

The state government has decided to handover the said school besides the other six in the state to private players.

“There are more than 1,900 students from 129 villages and after collective efforts school functioning has come on track but state government decided to re-hand the same to private players who have no aim for education but to exploit it monetarily,” charged a parent Sukhdev Singh.

“In case of any dispute, future of students is on stake so government should,” he demanded further.“Teaching and non- teaching staff have been managing the school for the past five years,” rued one of the staff member.

“Even though state government assured to facilitate students with free books, uniform and transportation but nothing was done. Still the strength has increased manifold every year,” revealed a staff member pleading anonymity. “They have been contributing from their own pockets. Even the building is incomplete,” added staff member.

On Friday, a number of parents, students along with staff member of Adarsh school Hardasa, had protested against the decision of state government apprehending embezzlement of funds by private organisations.

They demanded rolling back of government decision and also the salaries of staff to be given as per government employees.

The Adarsh schools scheme was initiated among much fanfare in 2011 by the chief minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal.

The basic objective was facilitating quality education to promising rural students.

Under the said policy, poor rural students are entitled to free education, for which the Punjab Educational Development Board (PEDB) was set up under the chairmanship of CM.

Under the public private partnership (PPP) model  for schools, the monthly operational cost was to be shared in 70:30 ratio by the Punjab government and private players respectively. Panchayat land is provided to these schools free of cost, while the construction has to be borne by the government and the private player in equal proportion.