It is time for private schools in Assam to pull up their socks. The state government is soon going to bring in a special act to control the operations of private schools, which not only are allegedly charging exorbitant fees, but also not giving salaries to teachers as per norms.
In response to a query by Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) MLA Keshab Mahanta during the question hour, education minister Sarat Borkotoky said private English medium schools are not following the norms regulated to building, land, safety, fees structure and salaries of teachers among others. Borkotoky said, “I will talk to the chief minister and see how to handle this. We will try to control them by enacting a special Act. They charge very high fees from students but still do not give salaries to teachers as per norms. Most of the schools are also not following set rules in appointment of teachers like BEd qualified faculty members.”
The minister further alleged that private schools do not even respond to any communication by the ministers.
Presently, there are 1,167 private schools, excluding play schools, and 420 private junior colleges are in the state.