“Education has become so costly that even if someone wishes to provide good education to their children their pocket is not allowing them to do so,” said Bhagwant Mann.
Chandigarh: Claiming that education has become a costly affair in Punjab, newly-inducted Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann Wednesday announced the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s two new directives to the private schools. Mann said firstly no private school of Punjab should increase the their fees even by a single penny this year and secondly, no private school should make it compulsory for parents to buy books and uniforms from particular shops.
“It has become difficult for the common man to afford proper education in Punjab. Education has become so costly that even if someone wishes to provide good education to their children their pocket is not allowing them to do so,” said Mann.
On the policy to make available uniforms and books at all shops, Mann said, “If an area around a school has five shops, all five should have the uniforms and books. Parents should not be forced to buy from any one particular shop. Mann added that both the orders will take immediate effect.
Mann’s announcement comes days after a couple of pro-people announcements, including asking the people of Punjab to not deny giving bribes but to silently make a video or audio clip and send it to his WhatsApp number.
While launching the initiative, Mann had said, “The people of Punjab, by giving so many votes, have done their duty. Now, it is my turn to do my responsibility. This announcement is so big that probably Punjab has never seen such a big announcement. This announcement will change the lives of the people of Punjab.”
The AAP came to power after routing the Congress from Punjab in the recently-concluded election where it bagged 92 of the 117 Assembly seats. In terms of vote share, AAP managed to get around 42.01 per cent votes, Congress has 22.98 per cent and BJP has 6.6 per cent. Meanwhile, Bhagwant Mann won from the Dhuri seat with a margin of 58,206 votes against Congress candidate Dalvir Singh Goldy.