Srinagar: The Private Schools United Front of Kashmir Sunday accused police and administration of creating hurdles in their functioning and not allowing them to hold camps for flood affected students.
Secretary, PSUF Prof A G Masood in a statement said, “Police and district administration are creating hurdles in the smooth functioning of the educational institutes. During our lengthy talks with officials of education department, we already resolved the examinations issue. We even made them agree to one of the main demands of making March session a permanent feature.”
The Front accused the police and district administration of unnecessarily raiding the schools over non-existent issues. “It seems the district administration and police have no other work but to raid schools full of small kids,” Masood said.
“Legally they have no ground and their presence on our campuses in unjustified. It is pure harassment of school staff who are engaged in imparting education,” Masood said, adding the Front was thinking of holding special winter camps for the benefit of both the flood affected and non affected schools. “But now we are not being allowed to function properly in good weather too.”
He said that examinations are a minor issue as every school is already running along a set code. “There is a government rule that upto class 8, no student can be retained. Their exams are part of continuous comprehensive evaluation process and not class promotion. The main board exams are the responsibility of education department and they have announced their date to be March 2015,” said Masood.
The Front said that if any complaint is received against a school then action should be taken according to the rules of education department. “The government has formulated remedial measures of proper inspection, imposition of fines and other penalty by directorate of education but raids by police or even district administration is not mentioned in those rules,” the PSUF said.