Fearing protest by parents, a local school in Jalandhar has deployed police outside its premises citing security reasons.
Students of Shiv Jyoti Public School were surprised to see cops outside the school. Around 50 parents had gathered on the school premises on April 12 and protested against imposition of readmission fee, building charges and expensive books and asked the school management to stop the “illegal practice”.
School principal Ravi Suta said: “We have deployed police due to security reasons. It’s hard to maintain discipline at the school due to frequent protests.”
“Even the students are suffering because of the ongoing protest and we can never compromise with their studies. The school is dedicated to its students,” she added.
Suta said she had already asked the parents to keep calm as she would hold meeting with the management on April 30 regarding the issues raised by them.
Protest outside CT Public School
On Saturday, around 15 parents along with the Punjab Parents’ Association held a protest outside CT Public School. Parents said the school had increased tuition fee and was charging re-admission fee, besides taking hefty charges for school books, in contravention to the high court orders. The parents were not allowed to enter the school following which president of the association talked to chairman of the CT Group of Institutions Charanjit Singh Channi on phone. He alleged that the chairman asked him to stop protesting otherwise action would be taken against them.
Channi, however, denied the allegations and said he did not want the studies of students to suffer. “The parents can approach the district-level committee if they have some issues.”
Ajay Sharma, a parent whose child studies in Class 4 at CT Public School, said the school was taking building fund of `2,000 every year and `1,000 for an identity card along with other charges.
Deputy commissioner, Muktsar, has asked private schools to give details of infrastructure, area of the school, educational qualification of teachers and their salary, name of publishers of books being given to the students, admission fees being taken from the students.
In Fazilka, the deputy commissioner, after getting complaints from the parents has ordered to form committees at sub-divisional level that will solve the problems regarding the admission fee taken by the private schools.
The DC has asked the schools to ask the parent members in their management committee before hiking the fee. He has also ordered all schools to follow the CBSE orders which say: “No capitation fee or voluntary donations for gaining admission in the school or for any other purpose be charged or collected in the name of the school. The premises of the school should not be used for any commercial activity and no commercial shops for the sale of books, uniforms be operated within the school campus.”