Ludhiana: Following the frequent protests and agitations by parents associations against the private schools for charging exorbitant fees from the students, the members of school managements and school principals have also opened a front. On Friday, they conducted a joint meeting where they announced not to bow to the pressure of the parents and claimed that they would act after getting directions from the centre government.
The members claimed that parents have been complaining about the high fees structures and other charges bring charged by the schools but they were not aware about the problems of the school managements in running the schools and providing quality education to the students. They further claimed that they are not going to kneel down to these protests of the parents instead they would take up their matter at the government level.
General Secretary of Guru Nanak Public School Surinder Singh Ryait said that there are certain issues of school managements as well and now they would also highlight these issues so that twin sided picture should come to fore. He said that they have jointly decided to fight for their rights. Meanwhile, the members of the parents associations have cleared that they would not let the school authorities to overcharge the students and they would continue their agitation till the time their demands would not meet.
Protest at Atam Vallabh Jain College
After protests in schools, the students of the Atam Vallabh Jain College also staged a protest on Friday against the fees demanded by the college authorities for re-examination of a few students. The protest continued for two hours. The matter was taken into the knowledge of the members of Students Organization of India who reached the protest site. The students complained that college authorities were asking Rs 500 fees from the students as re-examination fees and they were also asked to pay parking fees.
The students also highlighted that college was taking Rs 33000 fees for BCom and claimed that Panjab University should check it. The members of SOI assured the students to take their issue with Panjab University and they asked the college authorities to take Rs 200 as re-examination fees. Also now the students need not to pay parking fees.
Punjab Govt finalises draft of regulatory body for pvt schools
Chandigarh: The Punjab government today gavefinal touches to a draft of a regulatory authority for private unaided schools seeking to solve the problem of overcharging of fees and “exploitation” of parents and students.
Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema said the draft policy was finalised in a marathon meeting held with senior officials of the Education Department. The draft would be submitted before Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for his approval, he said.
Cheema said the department was concerned about the reports of the “exploitation” of parents and students by some private unaided schools who were collecting heavy fees and also indulging in other “undesirable” activities like forcing parents to buy books and uniforms from specified shops. He said such activities could not be allowed so the department had decided to establish an independent authority few months back to stop such “corrupt practices”.
The process of consultation with the stakeholders was on for a long time and the department has formulated a comprehensive plan to check these malpractices after due diligence, he stated. He said the draft prepared for the establishment of the Regulatory Authority will able to check all these unwanted activities in an effective manner.
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