The private schools located in Punjab were earlier required to go through the cumbersome annual exercise of applying for affiliation. All the private schools located in the state till date were granted affiliation on yearly basis and they had to apply every year to get affiliation under Right to Education (RTE) Act. So to do away with this exercise Punjab government has taken a decision to grant permanent affiliation to all the private schools of the state so as to relieve them with the burden they have to face every year.
The decision to grant permanent affiliation to 9,487 schools was taken by Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema in the recently held meeting with the officials of education department. The members who were present in the meeting includes: Director General School Education Pardeep Agarwal, DPI (Secondary Education) Balbir Singh Dhol, DPI (Elementary Education) Harbans Singh Sandhu and Additional State Project Director Gurjeet Singh.
9,487 schools will be granted permanent affiliation as per the prescribed guidelines of RTE Act in letter and spirit. Even Cheema issued warning that if any of the schools is found violating the guidelines, then it would be strictly proceeded against. Even the departmental officials has been instructed by the minister to keep regular checks on the schools to make sure that the RTE Act guidelines are being adhered to.
Punjab Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema while appealing to the managements all the private schools not to misuse the big relief granted by the Education Department and always follow the guidelines of RTE Act.