UP in arms against the fee hike in schools affiliated to the CBSE,parents under the banner of Punjab Parents Association have decided to write letters to deputy commissioners of all major cities of Punjab to register their protest.
General secretary of the association,Rakesh Jain,said,The fee hike is not justified and we have decided to fight it under one platform. Earlier,we approached Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner Vikas Garg,following which Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Kuldeep Singh prepared a report that approved the fact that the schools are charging unjustified fees. We also recently met Punjab Education Minister Upinderjit Kaur to resolve the issue.
According to a member of the association,a copy of the CBSE bylaws has been given to the minister. Page number 13 clearly states that unaided schools should consult the parents or their representatives before increasing the school fees. Besides,the fees should be charged under the heads prescribed by the Punjab Department of Education. This means the schools cannot change the fee structure on their own.
He added that CBSE bylaws were implemented in 1988,but the schools have been violating them.
Jain said the schools have increased the fees several times since 1988. We urged the education minister to order all the CBSE-affiliated schools to return the increased fees which they have charged from students all these years.
Any school applying for the CBSE affiliation requires a no objection certificate from the state government. The government should cancel their NOCs as they are not adhering to the rules and regulations of the state, Jain added.
President of the association,Parveen Dang,said,Many schools do not have their VAT numbers and they sell items like calendars,pencil boxes and stationary without paying the tax to the government.
Jain said all these issues were raised by MLA Avtar Singh Brar in the state Assembly on June 23,but the government has not taken any action in this regard yet.
He added that when representatives of the association met education minister on the issue of fee hike,instead of any affirmative action,she asked the parents to send their children to government schools.
Punjabs outcome index in the report of the National University of Educational Planning and Administration is 11 for primary level,while for upper primary level the state ranks 29th out of 35 states and UTs in the country. Even after the Centre has approved the Right to Education Bill,the Punjab government has failed to take up education seriously, Jain said.