Private schools write to Education Dept, allege faulty inspections
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The letter stated, "We are surprised to note the presumption of the education department that the Punjab Education Code is applicable to private unaided schools
Questionning the rules under which the UT Education Department was inspecting private un-aided school, the Independent Schools Association (ISA) has written to the department seeking clarification on the issue on Monday.
ISA chief H S Mamik has written a letter to the Chandigarh Administration education secretary. The letter in possession with the Chandigarh Newsline read that schools had informed that inspection being conducted by the Education Department and subsequent recognition letters being issued carried conditions under the Punjab Education code with reference to Articles 235 and 241-A.
"Having gone through the check list issued to the schools by the inspecting teams of the department, we are surprised to note the presumption of the education department that the Punjab Education Code is applicable to private unaided schools," read the letter.
It was also highlighted that the check list seemed to be a combination of the provisions of the Estate Office, SDO building, fire department and Excise Department, and the provisions were not part of the Punjab Education Code for grant of recognition.
It was also mentioned that the conditions like reserve funds, salary/DA at par with the government scale, formation of school managing committee being imposed, as per the Punjab education code, were applied to aided schools and not to private unaided schools.
"These can be applied to private unaided schools at the time of considering such schools to bring them under grant-in-aid," the letter further read.
Reportedly, inspections of over 15 private schools is over. A few months ago, schools had applied for inspection, as per the rules.
Talking to the Chandigarh Newsline, Mamik said that the letter had been written to seek clarification related to inspection. "We had written to them asking them about the implementation of the EWS quota under the RTE Act, but they have failed to respond, till date," Mamik said.
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