SRINAGAR: Corona pandemic made some people more arrogant and frustrated. This arrogance and frustration of Private Educational Institutions and weak policies of the Directorate of School Education could lead whole education system towards the destruction in the Kashmir valley, if not corrected in time effectively. LG administration is keenly monitoring all important activities and sectors particularly education sector. It has been seen during past several years, mismanagement by Directorate of School Education created a deep gorge between leading private institution of Kashmir valley and administration. May it be fee row, school text books & uniform distribution row or any other issue, most of the times it has been seen that directorate is not in a position to take any concrete step towards their own institutions and teachers, who are working in other Central Government offices on deputation basis , without any fear.Parents are continuously complaining that most of the schools, in violation of the government order, are charging all types of fee including transport charges from the parents, even for closure period.On the other hand, the Supreme Court’s ruling that parents will have to pay 100 percent of school fee for academic year 2020-21 has come as a shock to families.The Supreme Court gave the interim order in month of Feb 2021, based on a petition filed by four institutions in Rajasthan-Vidya Bhawan Society, Sawai Mansingh Vidyalaya, Gandhi Seva Sadan, and the Society of Catholic Education Institutions-challenging Fee-Regulation Act 2016. According to the judgement, the school fees for the academic year 2020-21 will be the same as paid during 2019-20.However, the Supreme Court also clarified that if fees are not deposited, schools cannot omit the child’s name from their institutions, and cannot abstain students from sitting in board examinations.In April 2021, DSE Jammu issued on order regarding charging of School tuition fee etc for recognized unaided private schools during COVID-19 period.As per directions of Directorate of School Education Jammu regarding charging of tuition fee etc, private schools can charge only tuition fee on monthly basis from the students’ and were prohibited from charging any other fee from the students. The schools were also allowed to charge annual fee from students on pro-rata basis after reopening of the schools in proper manner.Earlier in 2020, Jammu and Kashmir High Court directed Principal Secretary to Government, School Education Department, to take an immediate and clear view regarding transport charges from students during COVID-19 pandemic. Disposing of a Public Interest Litigation, a Division Bench of Justices Ali Mohammad Magrey and Vinod Chatterji Koul said that the court expects the Principal Secretary to take a clear view regarding one of the clauses in a circular issued by him which is regarding ‘no school shall deny access to online education material/ classes to poor/deserving students unable to pay school fees due to prevailing situation’.However, the Principal Secretary, represented by Additional Advocate General submitted that the Government was already seized of the situationAfter almost passing of more than one year, Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) in a circular had warned the private schools of strict action, including their de-recognition for their non-compliance to the government order issued for collection of fees from the parents during closure period.The school education department asked the JKBOSE to suspend its facilities to these schools till they produce the NOC obtained from the department.The JK Board of School Education (BOSE) has suspended all its all facilities to seven private schools for non-compliance of government orders for collection of fees from students during COVID-19 lockdown period.“All the Board related facilities for academic session 2020-2021 including entertainment of Registration Returns (RR), Permission-cum-Admission (PCA) forms of Class 10th, Class 11th and Class 12th in respect of the enlisted schools are hereby suspended, till furnishing of NOCs by the concerned schools from the office of the Director School Education, Kashmir,” the JKBOSE order reads.These schools include Iqbal Memorial Institute (Boys and Girls Wings) Bemina Srinagar, Holy Faith Presentation School Canal Avenue Rawalpora Srinagar, Hat Trick Public School Zakura Srinagar, Tiny Hearts School Tengpora By-Pass Srinagar, Green Valley Educational Institute (GVEI) Eillahi Bagh Buchpora Srinagar, JK Public School Humhama Budgam and Presentation Convent Higher Secondary School Raj Bagh Srinagar.“Accordingly, the concerned are directed not to entertain any affairs of the above quoted schools till further instructions from this office,” the order further reads.STATE TIMES Correspondent tried to contact Director School Education Kashmir regarding this issue several times, but he refused to comment.
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