With the members of Punjab Parents’ Association up in arms against the private schools over re-admission fee and the monopoly of few shops over selling of school books and school dress for hefty amount in ‘connivance’ with these schools, former chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, on Friday, assured that he would put a check on the working of private schools and make sure that fee was not arbitrarily increased by these schools.
He responded to this after several parents’ associations from Patiala and Nabha raised these issues during his “Coffee with Captain” programme at Yadvindra Public School.
He said there was a need to create balance where schools could get enough funds to run its services, but at the same time they should not charge too much that might put unnecessarily burden on the parents. “I have got several representations from parents from different areas and if voted to power, it will be my priority to deal with this issue timely,” he said. Responding to a faculty from Mohindra College, who raised the issue of low wages to contractual staff, he said if his government would come to power, he would not hire any faculty in schools and colleges on contractual basis.
When a doctor told him that in the recent appointment of doctors in the state, they were offered just 16,000 per month salary, which was even lower than the fourth grade employees, he added that he would fix remuneration as per their qualification. “Yes I agree with you all that salaries should be at par with qualifications as paid in private sector and I would make sure that it will happen in my government,” he said.
Meanwhile, a city resident, Mahant Ravi Kant, sough his intervention in saving hundreds of acres of temples’ land which has been encroached illegally by few builders. Captain assured him that he would streamline the working of Dharmarth Board and make sure that encroached land of the temples was returned to their management.
Captain assures intervention in Gian Sagar faculty crisis
Speaking on the ongoing management-faculty crisis at Gian Sagar Medical College, Banur, he said he would soon intervene in this matter and would talk to, both, the government officials and the college management. He said it was a perfect case as how the government regulation was weak on the private education institutes, which should be overhauled.