Chandigarh, April 15, 2013: In a significant decision the Punjab Government has decided to rationalise the fee structure of private schools in the state.
Disclosing this here today the Punjab Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka said that it was noticed that some private schools were charging exorbitant fee from the students and it was decided to streamline the fee structure of private schools by issuing guidelines in this regard. He said that quality education was the right of every student of the state so it becomes imperative for state government to rationalise the fee structure to provide much needed relief to the common masses.
Interacting with media persons, the Education Minister clarified that the state government has taken in principle decision to merge all those schools having less than 20 students with nearest schools. He said that the education department would also provide transport facility, if needed.
Replying a query regarding different admission policies being adopted by Private Schools, Maluka said that all these schools should bring uniformity in their admission policies so that nobody has a reason to object. Regarding complaints of under payment to the teachers of Private Schools, Maluka said that the state government has taken a serious note of this issue and would soon chalk out a plan under which all such payments to private schools teachers should be through cheques.
The Education Minister categorically said that except Secretary School Education and Secretary Higher Education, no officer has been entitled to release press statements regarding different decisions taken by the Education Department.
Directing to ensure implementation of Post Matric Scholarship Scheme in true letter and spirit for all the students belonging to Scheduled Castes family having less than Rs. 2 lakh annual income, the Education Minister said that all the schools and colleges have been directed to ensure proper distribution of these scholarships that too in a stipulated time frame. He said that no laxity would be tolerated on this issue and special departmental teams would conduct surprise checking in this regards.
Maluka said that one month summer vacations for the current session would start from June 10. He said that the decision regarding winter vacations would be taken according to the weather conditions.
When asked about the deteriorating conditions of some school buildings, the Education Minister said that field officers have already been directed to submit a detailed report after identifying such buildings at the earliest. He said that the state government was committed to construct new buildings equipped with all modern facilities wherever the need was felt.