Action against Punjab schools for seeking fee amid lockdown

Action against Punjab schools for seeking fee amid lockdown

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, April 5

The Education Department has initiated strict action against certain private schools in Punjab for demanding fee during the lockdown period.

Despite clear instructions from the Punjab Government not to seek fee during the period, some private schools had been sending messages to parents asking them to submit fee. As per information, the department had issued an order on March 23 asking all private schools in the state to reschedule admissions for 2020-21.

Told to file reply

We have issued show-cause notices and asked schools to file reply within seven days. In case of unsatisfactory reply, we will cancel affiliation or NOC — Vijay Inder Singla, Education Minister, Punjab

The schools were directed to provide parents a 30-day window for submission of fee once the situation normalised. The schools had further been directed not to charge late fee or fine from students.

“Despite repeated instructions, there were reports of some schools asking for fee. We have initiated strict action against La Foundation School, Sangrur; DAV Public School, Bhupindra Road, Patiala; Bhupindra International Public School, Patiala; Delhi Public School, Ludhiana; and Mount Litera Zee School, Faridkot,” said Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla.

“We have issued show-cause notices and asked schools to file reply within seven days. In case of unsatisfactory reply, we will cancel their affiliation or the no objection certificate,” he said.

In case of future complaints against any school, these would be locked through the District Magistrate and FIRs registered. He said complaints can be filed on his email ID:vijayindersingla@gmail.com.

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