Education minister Daljit Singh Cheema on Tuesday said that with the state fee regulatory panel finally been formed, private schools will lose affiliation if they do not start overcharging. Cheema was at the opening ceremony of 62nd National School Games.
“Committees will be formed at the divisional commissioner level and parents/guardians can share their problems with the committees,” he said.
“If any private school is found overcharging, fine will be imposed — Rs 30,000 for primary schools and Rs 1 lakh for senior secondary schools. If the schools still do not comply, the fine will be doubled the second time and then the affiliation of the schools will be cancelled,” Cheema said.
Each complaint will be heard within 15 days and will get complete redressal within 60 days by the committees authorised at the divisional level under the chairmanship of divisional commissioners authorised under the regulatory authority.
“It was necessary to constitute the committee as complaints were pouring in. This a permanent mechanism that has been established to save parents and wards from exploitation on part of private educational institutes in the state,” he said.
The decision is a huge relief for parents as resentment and protests by parents were witnessed all over the state over the issue of overcharging by private schools.
Parents held several demonstrations outside schools, claiming that schools were taking readmission fees, building charges and overcharging for books.
In the aftermath of the protests, private schools were even forced to deploy police to avoid any untoward incident.
Cheema targets Congress and AAP
During an interaction with the media, Cheema said that both Aam Aadmi Party and Congress were “big controversies” in themselves. He also took a jibe at Arvind Kejriwal, saying that people from Punjab will never accept him.
EGS union stages protest
EGS union members staged a protest outside the venue, demanding job regularisation. Union president Harpreet Kaur alleged that when they asked the education minister to make their services regularize, Cheema behaved rudely with them. She further said they will have a meeting with him on December 15.