Tribune News Service
Amritsar, May 3
In a decision last year, in its move to facilitate students seeking a shift to government school from private school, the Education Department had removed the restriction of transfer certificate, which was earlier required at the time of admission.
Now, expanding the decision, in a recent move, to private schools and easing out procedure of shifting schools for parents and students, the Education Department has lifted the requirement for a school leaving certificate for all government and private, non-aided schools.
DEO Satinderbir Singh, said that the decision has been taken to save parents and students from harassment at the hands of schools under the guise of issuing school leaving certificate.
“Over a year, we have had many parents coming to us with complaints regarding schools asking for exorbitant fees in lieu of releasing school leaving certificate. To tackle the issue of harassment and ease out admission procedure for parents seeking shift for their wards to other school due to any reason, the Education Department has permanently waived off the condition of transfer certificate,” informed Satinderbir Singh. The rule is applicable for students seeking admission for all classes including primary to higher secondary.
Instead of the transfer certificate, now only a self-attested declaration will be obtained from parents detailing the previous academic information of their ward.
Incidentally, post-pandemic, a lot of parents have been shifting their wards from private schools to government schools due to the economic hit and private schools’ demand for fee regardless.
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