Amritsar, May 13
The Education Department has given an ultimatum to 25 private schools, out of 40, which have raised their fee more than eight per cent in violation of the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Education Institutions Bill, 2016. District Education Officer Amardeep Singh Saini has said managements of such schools have been asked to file a written reply regarding the curtailing of fee by Tuesday.
In case the schools fail to do so, the report would be forward to the higher authorities for necessary action, he said. “Fifteen schools have already submitted in writing that they will curtail their fee,” he said. Earlier, the Education Department had asked the school authorities to refund the hiked fee to the parents within 10 days.
After auditing the accounts of such schools, it was found that the difference of their last year fee and this year’s was more than eight per cent, which was a violation of the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Education Institutions Bill, 2016. Notably, majority of the schools are situated in rural areas of the district.
Some of the prominent schools in the city are DAV Public School, Sri Guru Harkrishan Senior Secondary School, GT road, Roses Public School, Majitha road, Sant Baba Jaimal Singh Bhuri Wale Public High School among others. Parents have been demanding strict enforcement of norms. They also want schools not to charge re-admission charges.
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