Schools fee regulation: Just 3 changes in amended policy draft may deepen crisis

  • Aneesha Bedi, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2016 16:33 IST

Amid hype about the amended policy draft for fee regulation in the private schools of the city, the administration seems to have failed to fulfil the expectations of parents as only three “minor” changes suggested by them are incorporated in the amended draft.

After the draft policy was formed in May, it was put up the UT website to invite feedback from stakeholders. Two months down the line — and the draft being vetted the legal remembrancer — three changes are done in the amended draft.

Hindustan Times was the first one to highlight the issue of the inclusion of three changes in the emended draft on July 30. Earlier, UT advisor Parimal Rai forwarded the Chandigarh Parents Association’s draft proposal to director school education (DSE) Rubinderjit Singh Brar for consideration, stating, if deemed fit, they can be included in the draft proposal.

However, say parents, “Most of our points are not included”. Accusing the department of contradicting from its own point, they say one part of the policy suggests ban on the sale of books on campus, while other allows it with a condition of discount.

Profit margin is also relaxed for schools.

Meanwhile, education secretary Sarvjit Singh and DSE Brar say it can be revised once the LR vets the policy.

Sources say the LR, who met the DSE on Friday, has raised concerns with the draft, stating she needed to go through more judgments — few judgments are not included in the amended policy forwarded to the LR — before it’s vetted.

Meanwhile, Independent Schools Association president HS Mamik has submitted a representation to UT advisor Parimal Rai, stating how legal issues needed to be considered before forming any such policy. To make the point, the letter refers to the TMA Pai judgment.

Feedback sought from DC office

The DSE has also written to the estate office, the DC office and sales and the taxation department for suggestions as they are also the stakeholders. However, none of them has responded yet.

Panel to look into balance files

HT highlighted the issue on July 30 that a committee is formed, including deputy director school education and three nominated parents, to look into the balance accounts and fee charged by private schools in 2014-15, 201516 and 2016-17. It will also ensure policy implementation. It will be headed by the DSE.

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