The decision of the education department to issue a policy for regulation of fees at city private schools was discussed during a meeting of the Independent Schools Association on Friday.
In the meeting, it was also decided that once the draft policy for fee regulation is made public by the education department, a legal opinion will be sought and action will be initiated accordingly.
Chairman of ISA HS Mamik told the Chandigarh Newsline: “The draft policy has not yet been made available in the public domain. Therefore, it is difficult to ascertain anything at present. Once we get the draft, we will look into it and seek legal opinion, if the policy goes against the ruling of the 11-judge constitutional bench of the Supreme Court regarding the decision of private schools in determining their own fee structures.”
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aDuring the meeting, the private school heads also observed that the administration was unnecessarily targeting the city private schools. “The education department has supposedly received about 150 complaints from parents regarding various issues. Out of these complainants, only three to four have actually met the officials in person. There are 70,000 other parents whose wards are studying in private schools and they are happy. The issue is being blown out of proportion and private schools are being unnecessarily targeted,” added Mamik.
Earlier this week, the draft policy for regulation of fees at private schools in the city also received a nod from UT Administrator Kaptan Singh Solanki.
According to the recommended policy, norms will be framed to control the fee hike and commercial sale of books, uniforms and others at private schools across the city.
According to the draft policy, the schools will also not be allowed to receive any profit from parents by way of admission fees or through sale of books, stationery items and uniforms.
Education officials have, however, stated that opinion from all stakeholders will be taken before a final policy is notified.
The education department, on the other hand, has issued a public notice stating that complaints regarding sale of stationery, books and uniforms at private schools will be accepted only till May 20.
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After all the complaints are compiled by the five-member committee, which has been set up by the education department, a report will then be submitted to the Director School Education Rubinderjit Singh Brar for initiating action.