Amritsar:District Education Officer (DEO)-secondary of Amritsar, Amardeep Singh Saini has asserted that henceforth there will be no compulsion for the parents or other guardians of the students undergoing education in private or the government–aided schools of the district to either get school books or other stationery items for their wards from the school in which their wards were admitted. He stated that as per the new rule and regulations formulated, the school authorities would not be able to forcibly ‘impose’ such burden upon the parents.
While speaking to Daily Post, Saini elaborated that owing to the steep hike in the annual charges as well as other monthly and annual charges by the schools every year, most of the parents were helpless and were in a quandary as to where to get their wards admitted. The DEO-secondary education, however, added that they used to receive countless complaints pertaining to the ‘alleged fleecing’ by the private as well as government-aided schools and were forcing the authorities to come forward and provide some alternative to them. He also pointed out for the past many years, the parents and guardians of the private schools’ students had even resorted to demonstrations and other kind of stir outside the such schools which, according to them had become “business houses” and were no more educational institutions.
“Succumbing to the mounting pressure of the parents, the authorities, after a long deliberations, thought of formulating concrete rules and regulations for the private and aided schools. Now, every school will be bound to charge fee as well as other necessary monthly and annual charges as per the norms fixed by the authorities and the erring schools would be taken to task,” rued the DEO while adding that henceforth, it would be at the sweet will of the parents or guardians whether they wanted to have school uniforms, books or other stationery items from the school itself or from some other source.
Saini also clarified that even the use of school transportation by the school students would not also be mandatory and no school would be able to forcibly extort transportation charges from any of its student.
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