473 private schools in the state of Punjab might face closure due to non-implementation of the provisions of Right to Education Act, as instructed by Punjab education minister Sikander Singh Maluka. Maluka has instructed immediate closure of such schools in the state.
Approximately 37,813 students will be affected due to this decision and could get admissions in the government schools. The decision followed the failure to abide by the deadline of March 31 to fulfil all the norms.
A fine of Rs 1 lakh would be imposed on the schools for not following the government order and if they continue their operations. Director General School Education will be ensuring the closure of such schools in the state.
The district education officers will ensure that the affected students get admission in the nearest government schools in their locality.