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Step-motherly treatment with Punjab aided schools' students
On the one hand the Punjab Government has put a blanket ban on 484 aided schools in the state, on recruitment of all categories of teachers, which is affecting the study of the students and the work is being carried out by the concerned managing committees of the schools by filling up the vacant posts out of the management funds.

Whereas on the other hand, the students getting 80 per cent marks are being denied admission in the residential schools starting from July 2014 and there is a great resentment among concerned students, parents and teachers.

Raj Kishore Kalra, Patron, Punjab Education Reforms Committee informed that six residential schools are being established from the current academic session - Mohali, Patiala, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Bhatinda and Jalandhar - for the students securing 80 per cent or above marks in 10th class but the students of aided schools could not get admission in these schools.

As per the information gathered from the Education Department, the educationist informed that the schedule is being prepared for the classes to be started from July for the residential students for Plus One in Commerce and Science Groups, who had secured 80 per cent or above marks in 10th class.

The educationist said that the aided schools are already getting the step motherly treatment and now depriving the aided school students, securing 80 per cent or above marks, of admission in the residential school is not appropriate.

He said, these aided schools are already getting 95 per cent grant from the Punjab Government and the students in these schools belong to poor, backward, schedule caste categories then why the discriminative policy is being adopted with them.

Kalra said, the students of aided schools have earlier also been kept away from the scheme of scholarship amount fixed by the Punjab Goverenment in the name of Dr. Hargobind Khurana.

As per the Education Department sources, these decisions have been taken by the government and only CM, Education Minister, Principle Secretary Education or other senior concerned officers can take any further action to amend the instructions on the subject.

The Punjab Education Reforms Committee have demanded from the Punjab Government to review its earlier decision of admission criteria in residential schools to the students of aided schools like that of government schools so that aided school students could also avail the facility of government schemes.

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