Punjab education minister’s directions to private schools regarding books and uniforms

Punjab School Education Board, came after taking note of reports suggesting exploitation of parents of school children by certain private schools. Punjab Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla Saturday directed all private schools in the state to not force parents to buy books and uniforms from particular shops. The sale of uniforms and books within school premises has also been prohibited. The directives, meant for all private schools affiliated to the CBSE, ICSE and the Punjab School Education Board, came after taking note of reports suggesting exploitation of parents of school…

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Pressure mounts on ministers to make sex education compulsory in schools

Pressure is mounting on the government to introduce compulsory sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools after five chairs of parliamentary select committees sent a strongly worded letter to the education secretary demanding a change in policy. The letter criticises the government’s “lacklustre” response earlier this week to a new report by the women and equalities committee in parliament, which revealed that sexual abuse of girls had become “accepted as part of everyday life” in England’s schools. One of the report’s key recommendations, which the government sidestepped, was that personal,…

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