Anantnag private schools violate HC directive, charge Sep-Oct fee to students

Anantnag: In brazen violation of the High Court directions, several private schools in this south Kashmir district are charging fee to the students for September and October months of last year.
Scores of students enrolled in Radiant Public School, Oxford Presentation and Saint Lukes School complained that the school authorities were charging the tuition fee to them for both the months and were even denying roll number slips to those Class 10 students who refuse to pay the fee.
“I went to the Saint Lukes School for collecting the roll number. slip of my nephew who has to appear in Class 10 exams, but the principal of the school clearly asked me to pay the Sep-Oct fee first. He issued the roll number only after I cleared the fee,” a local, Muneeb Ahmad Bhat said.
He said that on being reminded about the court orders the principal told him that they have submitted the necessary documents before the court about the functioning of the school during the month of September and October.
Another Class 10 student said that the school authorities pay no heed to the High Court orders. “Saint Lukes school management forced me to pay the fee for both September and October as they denied me the roll number slip. They seem to have no regard for court orders,” she said.
When contacted owner of the school, Masood Ahmad said that his school was open during both the months and they have every right to charge fee to the students. “We have also informed the court through our lawyer about the same,” he said.
Students of another private school Radiant public school also accused the school management of charging them the fee for both the months. Couple of days ago a group of Class 10 students of the school lodged complaint with the chief education officer, Anantnag against the school authorities for violating the court directives.
Administrator of the school, Tariq Ahmad, however, had told Kashmir Reader that there was some communication gap between the school management and clerical staff of the school meant for collection of fee. “Actually our clerical staff was not aware about the court orders. Now we have decided to return the fee to the students or adjust the same in future months,” the administrator had told Kashmir Reader on Thursday.