Private schools can’t decide mass promotion, says govt

Srinagar: A day after Valley’s private schools announced mass promotion to students up to Class 7, the Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Monday questioned their very competence to take such decision.
“How can private school take such decision? The decision to conduct the exams in March has been taken by the Cabinet. There is no other authority that can supersede or modify the decision,” DSEK, Mir Tariq Ali, told Kashmir Reader.
“How can they go about it (mass promotion)? It is binding upon every government or private school to implement the decision of the government,” Ali added.
The Coordination Committee of Private Schools Association (CCPSA), a forum claiming to govern the functioning of private schools, Sunday announced to grant the mass promotion after a meeting of its members as well as people comprising representatives from various walks of life including businessmen, teachers, parents and other stakeholders.
“It is not a relevant forum and as such cannot take such decisions,” Ali said and warned of severe action in case there was any breach of the government decision.
“We will take action under rules. Without authentication by Chief or Zonal Education Officers, no certificate shall be recognized as valid.
“I want to tell parents through your medium that such certificates (granted though mass promotion) will not be recognized by the government,” he said, emphasizing that every private school was duty bound to follow the orders by the government.
“There is set of procedures governing the functioning of schools and it is binding upon them to implement the decision taken by the government.”
He said that all the private schools have been already asked to follow the decision by the Cabinet in “letter and spirit.”
“Any violation will be viewed seriously,” Ali said, reemphasizing that the Cabinet decision was cogent. “The decision (to conduct exams in March) has been taken at the highest level. It must have been taken by discussing all the pros and cons.”
Regarding the demand from various quarters that March session should be made a regular feature of academic calendar in Valley, the DSEK said that there was nothing contrary in the Cabinet order itself.
“The order does not say anything that the March session will be for this term only. You see exams in Jammu region as well as in other states are conducted in March,” he added.