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Punjab government orders probe against 720 private schools over fee hike

The AAP-led waiver in Punjab on Sunday ordered a probe against 720 private schools for allegedly raising fees despite government guidelines.

The move comes after complaints from parents who claimed these schools failed to follow government guidelines.

The investigation order against the schools was shared by Education Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer on his Twitter account.

An investigation has been ordered against 720 private schools against which parents have lodged a complaint. Strict action will be taken if found guilty, Hayer said in his tweet.

Last month, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann ordered all private schools in the state to raise fees or require children to buy books, uniforms or stationery from certain stores.

Speaking to the media here on Sunday, Aam Aadmi Party’s Punjab Unity spokesman Malwinder Singh Kang said the Mann-led government was committed to ensuring quality and affordable basic education in the state.

He further said the education minister had ordered an investigation after parents claimed that these private schools were not following government guidelines on fees and the purchase of books and uniforms.

Kang said if a school is found guilty during the investigation, strict action will be taken against it.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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