Punjab education department has served notice on 38 private schools for demanding fee from students during the lockdown. The Central government has announced a 21-day lockdown across the country.
The state education minister has warned of strict action against schools for unnecessarily harassing parents by sending fee reminders.
Education Minister Vijayinder Singla said, “I had asked the department to slap notices on erring schools but instead of revoking their fee reminders via text messaging, some are even calling up parents.”
Of the 38 schools, six are from CM Amarinder Singh’s home town Patiala. Besides, 10 schools in Mohali; seven in Ludhiana; three each in Amritsar and Hoshiarpur; two in Jalandhar; and one each in Faridkot, Sangrur, Kapurthala, Fazilka, Fatehgarh Sahib, Pathankot, Bathinda and Barnala have been served notice.
In fact, some school managements have asked parents to deposit fee or face cancellation of their wards’ admission.
The department said notices had been issued following complaints that schools were not adhering to the orders.
An official said If they still continue to demand fee, we will cancel their licenses.