10042017-JTR-01.qxd 4/10/2017 12:42 AM Page 1 c m y b MONDAY | 10 APRIL 2017| jalandhar JALANDHARTRIBUNE KISAN MELA: FARMERS GET INFO ON UPCOMING PADDY SEASON Þ PAGE 2 MEETING: SUVIDHA STAFF DISCUSS ISSUES Þ PAGE 2 SUNNY 30°C MAXIMUM 12°C BRENT’S HINDI ACT TV actress and entrepreneur Aashka Goradia’s fiancé Brent Goble sure will give every Bollywood movie fan a tough competition. PAGE 4 MINIMUM Þ DEO office tells clerks to do their job As per orders, maintenance of funds will not be done by government school teachers Aparna Banerji Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 9 With the state government recently telling principals of government schools in the state to take classes of students, the Education Department has now ordered clerks in the schools to fall in line, with many clerical employees gaining notoriety in recent times for shirking their responsibilities. Over 100 clerks are currently posted across high and senior secondary schools in the district, which amounts to 30 per cent of the total strength. In a letter to all DEOs and CEOs of the state, the government has asked the clerks to actively carry out the responsibility of the maintenance of funds rather than teachers who, in many schools, are presently carrying out the task. The government has sought a report regarding the same from all DEOs until April 11. Additional Chief Secretary School, Education Department, has instructed that across all government schools in the state where clerks are posted, the work to maintain CLERKS’ SHORTAGE A district teacher said, “Clerks are presently merely only restricted to disbursing teachers’ salaries. All the funding work from the collection of school and mid-day meal funds and the use of these is primarily being done by teachers, while the role of clerks has been massively reduced, which is causing complacency among the clerical staff. Meanwhile, many of the teachers are overworked due to the responsibility.” The shortage of clerical staff at schools also adds to the crisis, as presently only 30 per cent of the schools have clerical staff working in them funds shall be done only by clerks. The letter states that the directorate had observed that the state school funds were being main- tained by teachers, whereas this is the work of the clerical staff. The letter tells DEOs to ensure that the work isn’t done by any teacher and if Resting time any teacher is presently maintaining funds at any school, this work should be immediately withdrawn from them. A report on the same has been sought from the DEOs by April 11. A district teacher said, “Clerks are presently merely only restricted to disbursing teachers’ salaries. All the funding work from the collection of school and midday meal funds and the use of these is primarily being done by teachers, while the role of clerks has been massively reduced, which is causing complacency among the clerical staff. Meanwhile, many of the teachers are overworked due to the responsibility.” The shortage of clerical staff at schools also adds to the crisis, as presently only 30 per cent of the schools have clerical staff working in them. DEO Harinder Pal said, “We have issued the letter to all schools and the schools have been promptly asked to comply in this regard. A report regarding the matter shall be sent to the department.” More parents to meet admn with complaints today FEE ROW Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 9 After the submission of complaints against various private schools regarding alleged fee overpricing and stopping of results, parents of two more private schools shall also be meeting the Divisional Commissioner with this demand tomorrow. While the row regarding overpricing and charging of exorbitant rates for books/admission and tuition fee along with other charges has been simmering all through the admission season this year, with various parents also holding dharnas and running campaigns on the issue, allegations of books and stationery forcibly being sold A group of pigeons on a wooden stand of a house in Jalandhar on Sunday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH to parents persist across various private schools. While the parents also held a dharna at the Seventh Day Adventist School in this regard and met the DC as well, presently the DC has vested all powers in the Divisional Commissioner who is the chairman of the Private School Regulatory Committee. Both DEO (S and E) are also members of the committee. The DEO (S) Jalandhar also issued a letter on the issue on April 7 asking schools to comply with guidelines regarding fee/uniform/book sale. The DEO’s letter states: The sale of stationery/books/uniforms at schools is prohibited. No parent should be forced to buy these from any special shop at the school; list of books prescribed classwise at schools be displayed on notice board along with publishers and the lists also be uploaded on websites; ICSE/PSEB and CBSE board schools prescribe books by NCERT or those concerned with respective boards, schools shouldn’t force parents to buy additional text books; no capitation fee should be charged from students and repeatedly admission fee on an annual basis not be charged from students; fees fund be charged only according to the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Bill (Punjab Act no. 47 of 2016); fee be collected from students only according to the financial condition of their parents (they should have option to deposit monthly or tri-monthly fee); PTA Committee be duly announced publicly in schools, phone numbers of members be publicly displayed; late or absentee fine not be charged from students; compliance with transportation department instructions as per school safety vahan scheme be ensured and parents should not be compelled to opt for school transport. About a week ago, the Private School Regulatory Committee was formulated in the district and the DEO office on Friday issued instructions to all unaided schools to comply with the guidelines of the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Bill Act (2016). Nagaland student killed in mishap City lads launch website scholarland.com to Our Correspondent Phagwara, April 9 A Nagaland resident, Ausam (20), studying in BSc III in Lovely Professional University, Phagwara, was killed on the spot, while her two friends Yopito of Nagaland and Nikhil of Raipur (Chhatisgarh) sustained injuries when the bike (PB41B-2500) which they were riding was hit by a speeding trolla near Red Light Chowk (rest house) on the national highway late last night. The police registered a case under Sections 279/337/338/427/304-A of the IPC against the unknown Trolla driver who escaped from the site. Office attacked, ransacked Our Correspondent Phagwara, April 9 Armed motorcycle-borne assailants attacked and ransacked the office of BJP leader Bantoo Walia in the local Baba Gadhia locality here this evening. The assailants also broke the window panes of a Swift car parked in front of the office. The police said the CCTV footage was being watched to nab the assailants. Phagwara MLA Som Prakash, and former Market Committee chairman Sarwan Singh Kular rushed to the incident site. Jalandhar West MLA Sushil Rinku along with MC team visits Kapurthala road to check various problems in Jalandhar on Saturday. PHOTO: SARABJIT SINGH provide affordable lessons to poor students Gagandeep Singh Tribune News Service Jalandhar, April 9 Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India dream, two city lads, studying in class IX in a private school, have launched a website called scholarland.com to provide cheap online mathematics and science lessons to students belonging to poor sections of society. Karanvir Singh and Sanyam Kharbanda worked in this direction when they realised that tuition charges for both these subjects had become quite exorbitant and parents of poor children could not afford to spend that much money on their children’s tuitions. The two youngsters hired teachers for online tuitions and charged very nominal fees from the students who wanted to take tuitions. We have hired teachers for clearing doubts. Live sessions for the purpose are held on Sundays. “We had started making the website seven months ago to break the traditional heavy tuition prices. We got this motivation from a former principal of our school late Kamlesh Bowry,” they added. “The idea came to our mind when we saw a huge c m y b Karanvir Singh and Sanyam Kharbanda show their online tuition website: scholarland.com in Jalandhar. PHOTO:SARABJIT SINGH difference between the poor and rich sections of society and there was no affordable educationin our state for the poor people,” they said, expressing disappointment. They said when they started, they did think of creating a website to provide tuition classes at reasonable prices. “Though it was difficult, we didn’t think negatively at all. Till date, we have FACT FILE Two city lads, studying in class IX in a private school, have launched a website called scholarland.com to provide cheap online mathematics and science lessons to students belonging to poor sections of society. Karanvir Singh and Sanyam Kharbanda worked in this direction when they realised that tuition charges for both these subjects had become quite exorbitant and parents of poor children could not afford to spend that much money on their children’s tuitions. achieved our first step and now we are focusing to make children join these affordable classes and gain quality education. Any child of IXth and Xth class can study here and gain education,” they said. Karanvir and Sanyam’s fathers are in business. “We have huge support from our parents and friends for the same. We want that the poor and middle-class children should also have the right to have quality education at low prices.”
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