Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) asked the Punjab government to pay private school managements the tuition and admission fee of all children whose parents’ financial status had been adversely affected by the COVD-19 lockdown for a six month period from April to September this year.
Former minister Bikram Singh Majithia said that it was condemnable that the Congress government and Education minister Vijay Inder Singla surrendered before the private school managements and even submitted in the Punjab and Haryana high court that private schools had the right to fix fee.
“If the State has lost the case in the high court it is a direct result of collusion with private school managements. The State did not contest the case properly and even failed to inform the court that the school managements could take moratoriums on loans taken by them and did not have to victimize the parents for the same”.
He said that it was apparent that Singla had come under pressure from private school managements. “This is the reason why the Punjab government has failed to win any relief for stressed parents while high courts of Uttarakhand, Delhi, and Kerala have given relief to parents”.
Commenting on Education minister Vijay Inder Singla’s statement that the government would file a review against the high court order, Bikram Singh Majithia said that this amounted to mere lip sympathy as this would take months and by then the future of children whose parents would not be able to pay the demanded fee would be spoiled.