SRINAGAR: Students of private schools in the state will be able to avail benefits of various government scholarships, the Private Schools Association of Kashmir (PSAK) said Thursday after an interaction with JK Board of School Education (BOSE).
A delegation of PSAK led by its chairman G N Var met BOSE chairperson Veena Pandita and Director Academic of BOSE, Farooq Ahmad Peer, wherein both the sides discussed range of issues confronting the education sector, a statement issued by the body said.
“The association raised the issue of non-eligibility of private school’ students for post and pre-matric scholarships offered by the government, to which Director Academics said that a revised notification will be published soon and all the students will avail the benefits of these schemes.
“The scholarship is right of every student and government cannot deny any student this right just because he is studying in a private school. Thankfully the officials have agreed and now all private school students will be eligible for scholarships,” Var said in a statement.
“The two sides also discussed the current school curriculum, which is not enough to meet national and global needs. The Board officials agreed to update the entire curriculum in tune with latest standards and while doing the exercise, Private School members will also be taken in confidence. Similar approach will also be taken when other vital decisions are taken,” said Var, adding, “New curriculum will be such that our students will get a head start in cracking the national level competitive exams.”
The BOSE chairperson also told the PSAK delegation that BOSE was mulling to organise a major conference wherein all stakeholders, academicians and experts will be invited and major issues confronting the education sector will be discussed.
The PSAK delegation stressed on the need to declare that all academic sessions in Kashmir division be closed in October so that November can become academically fully functional month.
“Due to frequent delays and weather vagaries we often lose much time after October. So if academic session is closed in October strictly according to the order, the following months can be utilised in best possible way. We also demanded that Class 11 exams be also included under Board as it has been observed that students do not read vigorously in this year.” said Var.
The Association said that more than 80 percent students in towns and cities are studying in private schools and government cannot ignore the vital contribution of these institutes. Var thanked the officials for listening to their demands and promising overhaul in education sector and action to address vital issues soon.