11 schools booked for violation in Udhampur

Jammu: Authorities on Monday booked 11 private schools and seized 14 buses ferrying students for not following the Administration Department’s order for closure of educational institutions from May 21 to 28 in view of heat wave conditions in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir.

“A total 11 schools have been booked (for violation of government order for closure of educational institutions from May 21 to 28 in view heat wave conditions)”, Deputy Commissioner, Udhampur, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said.

“Fourteen buses of three major schools were also seized by ARTO as these were found ferrying students. The students were safely accompanied to their residences,” he said.

Choudhary led a team of officers which carried out surprise inspection of 16 private schools after inputs were received about schools being run in violation of the order.

Around 10 other schools were inspected by Additional Deputy Commissioner A S Rana and five of them were found open.

“A number of schools closed the classes after news of surprise inspection spread in the city,” he said.

The schools were earlier directed by the district administration to adhere to a directive of Administration Department regarding closure of schools from May 21 to 28, he said, adding, students have alleged that they were forcibly called to school despite the order.

The managements and staff of all the private schools assured the administration for strict adherence to government orders regarding closure of schools, he said.

A helpline number 272727 has been released by the district administration for registering any complaint by parents, students or any stakeholder in the matter, he said.