Ludhiana: Displeased due to the alleged manipulations being done by the private schools of the city, parents from different schools gathered at Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Tuesday and demanded action against the private schools (CBSE). The parents blaimed that the schools are still demanding annual charges, development charges which is unfair and even some of the schools have also kept back the result of the students.
Further the parents of the Police DAV School alleged that the school is threatening them that around 30 students will not be allowed to attend classes in next session (2017-18) if the parents will not pay the fees including the annual charges and other development charges against which they are fighting from long time.
Moreover, the parents of Bal Bharti School and GNIPS school alleged that the school has hold the report cards of their children and demanded more charges which is unjustified. One of the parents,Inderpal Singh said that they are fighting against the alleged injustice being done by the school from long time but the schools are not listening and the administration is also silent.
They also said that the schools are not standing by the letter of the District Education Officer (DEO) which was sent to all the schools recently wherein the DEO mentioned that no school can hold or stop the results of the students.
The parents of different schools including Guru Nanak Public School, MGM school, Springdale school, Shifali International school also gave written complaint to the DEO regarding the alleged connivance between the schools, private book publishers and book shop owners which is resulting into harassment of parents and students.
President of Private unaided CBSE schools and Chairman of Chain of Green Land schools, Rajesh Rudra said that the annual charges is the right of the school and they will charge the same. Further he refuted the allegations being leveled against the schools and said that fee committee has never asked the schools to deny annual charges.
Anu Verma, Principal of DAV Public School, Police Lines said that during the hearing of the case in front of fee committee formed by High Court in February, the parents were directed to pay the dues which were pending for the whole year including the annual charges. She also said that recently in the first week of March a meeting was also organised held between the parents and the school management wherein they were apprised
about the situation and were told that the students will not be allowed to sit in classes from the next session if the parents fail to pay the dues.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Pradeep Aggarwal said that the case of every school needs to be studied and the department is already working on the same and required action will be taken. Further he said that if the parents are not happy with the action of the district administration and feel that immediate action should be taken without studying the whole case then the parents can move to the court against the schools.
Not satisfied with district administration and the District Education Officer (DEO) over the issue, the parents who came together against the private schools at Mini Secretariat on Tuesday said that the government should either remove the alleged ‘Dummy’ post of the DEO or it should give powers to the DEO for taking action against the Private CBSE schools.
District Education Officer (Sec) Sarbjit Singh said that NOC to private schools (CBSE) is issued by state government and the DEO can neither cancel nor issue ans NOC to the private school. He also said that as far as the allegations of ‘Dummy’ post is concerned, the DEO has to take care of the Punjab State Education system including PSEB schools.
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