In a significant decision,the Punjab government has decided to rationalise the fee structure of private schools in the state.
Addressing mediapersons,Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka said on Monday: It has been noticed that some private schools were charging exorbitant fee from students. It has been decided to streamline the fee structure by issuing guidelines in this regard… Quality education was the right of every student so it becomes imperative for the state government to rationalise the fee structure to provide much needed relief to the common masses.
He clarified that the state has taken an in-principle decision to merge all government schools having less than 20 students with the nearest government schools. The education department will also provide transport facility to the students studying in the merged schools,if needed, said Maluka.
Replying a query regarding different admission policies being adopted by private schools,Maluka said: All schools should bring uniformity in their admission policies so that nobody has a reason to object. Regarding complaints of teachers of private schools being underpaid,Maluka said that the government will soon chalk out a plan,under which,all such payments would have to be made through cheques.
Directing that post-matric scholarship scheme for all SC students belonging families having less than Rs 2 lakh annual income be implemented,the minister said all schools and colleges have been directed to ensure proper distribution of these scholarships that too in a stipulated time frame.
Distancing himself from a statement issued by director general (school education) on Sunday that use of guides and help books will not allowed in schools,Maluka said he had not taken any such decision. I will ask a team of experts to look into the utility of help books, he said.