To improve school performance, the Punjab government has planned to establish school councils in all public and private schools. Each council would have seven members, according to a statement published by the Punjab School Education Department (SED).
The principals of the respective schools will lead the councils. One member will be appointed by the District Education Authority (DEA), while the Secretary of Education will propose the other. Two teachers, one educationist, and a parent will fill the remaining four seats.
The school councils will be established for a two-year trial period and will be expected to meet once a month to examine and address a variety of concerns that students face.
The councils will also hear complaints from parents about their children’s alleged torture and sexual harassment. They will also be in charge of the budget for both academic and extracurricular activities.
Punjab’s SED has instructed public and private schools to take the required steps to ensure that the recent directions are followed. In the event of non-compliance, SED Punjab has threatened to cancel the registration of private schools.