The education department has served show-cause notices on 33 unaided schools in the district for a steep fee hike and directed them to refund extra amount to parents.
These institutions have been found guilty of violating the Unaided Educational Institutions Act, 2016, which stipulates the annual fee hike shall not be more than 8%. The district has 135 unaided schools.
The move comes in the wake of the instructions of Ferozepur divisional commissioner VK Meena.
“The government is taking a serious note of fee hike and has instructed the schools to charge reasonable fee. We issued show-cause notices to 33 unaided schools last week and asked them to explain as why action should not be taken against them. They have to submit reply by Thursday. We have asked them to return the fee charged in excess from parents or face action,” said district education officer (DEO) Devinder Kumar Rajouria.
“The schools will have to display the fee hike on notice boards. They will have to explain on notice boards how and where they are going to spend the extra money,” Rajouria said.
The schools which were served notices are Bhai Bhagtu Public School, Ramgarh, Bhagtuana; Abraham Lincoln Public High School; Delhi International School; Major Ajaib Singh Convent School; Divine Mata Gujri School, Sadiq; Shri Guru Harkrishan Public School, Golowala; Hans Raj public School, Bajakhana; Deep Model School, Faridkot; Saint Soldier Public School, Old Cantt Road, Faridkot; Sheikh Farid Public School; Saint Soldier Senior Secondary School, Sadiq; DVM Public school, Sadiq; Sun Rise International Senior Secondary School, Kamiana; Shri Guru Teg Bahadur Mission School, Faridkot; Guru Gobind Singh Vidhya Mandir, Faridkot; JR Public School, Faridkot; Ishu Model School, Kotkapura; Gandhi Model School, Kotkapura; Happy Public School, Kotkapura; Rishi Middle School, Kotkapura; JB Public High School, Kotkapura; Gangsar Public School, Jaitu; Ashoka Model Senior Secondary School Kotkapura; Keshav Vikas Public High School, Kotkapura; Army Public School, Faridkot; Godavari Sar Mission School, Dhilwan Kalan; Guru Nanak Mission Senior Secondary School, Kotkapura; Fable Public School, Jaitu Road, Kotkapura; Sarvhitkari Senior Secondary School, Vidyamandir, Jaitu; Sada Ram Bansal Senior Secondary School, Kotkapura; Shivalik Public School, Jaitu; Global e- School, Gumti Khurd; Bhai Senior Secondary School, Ramgarh.