SRINAGAR: Secretary Education, Farooq Ahmad Shah today directed all Chief Education Officers to seal the private schools which are running without the mandatory registration with the Directorate of School Education (DSEK).
While reviewing the functioning of DSEK, Farooq Shah said that Government would constitute a committee very soon for the regulation of unregistered private schools in the Valley. This Committee will also examine the quality of education, teacher-student ratio, fee structure, salary paid to the staff, infrastructure, adherence to the guidelines of Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and other rules and regulation made mandatory for private schools to follow.
The Secretary directed all CEOs to start the drive of sealing illegally-run private schools in their respective districts immediately in coordination with concerned police stations.
He also stressed on ensuring complete transparency in examinations. He further said that the Department will build Boarding School, Specially-abled Children School and Tinkering Science Laboratory in every district of the valley as part of the measures for upgrading education sector. He asked CEOs to identify the land in their respective districts and prepare Detailed Project Report (DPR) so that the work on these prestigious projects starts soon. It was said that DSEK will also upgrade 600 schools from Primary to Middle, Middle to High and High to Higher Secondary level soon. Farooq Shah also directed CEOs to work out the vacancies of Lecturers, Masters and Head Masters in their respective districts and send the report to the DSEK so that students do not face any difficulty regarding the faculty. He directed ZEOs to conduct field visits thrice a week in their areas to solve the problems of schools .
He said that the Government is working to prepare a comprehensive transfer policy in DSEK so that irrelevant and mid-term session transfers are stopped. On the occasion, the Secretary was informed that the DSEK will start Winter Campus from 3rd to 7th standard, Winter Tutorials from 8th to 12th standard and Super-50 Coaching for Medical and Non-Medical streams in every district from next month.
The fee for Winter Campus and Winter tutorials has been fixed as Rs 300 and Rs 500 per head for Super-50 coaching. It was also given out that DSEK has set a target of sending 10,000 students on tour outside the state which is starting from next month. Director DSEK, G.N. Itto, Joint Directors Aabid Hussain and Suriya Jabeen, Deputy Director Planning, Mohammad Yusuf, Chief Accounts Officer, and other concerned officers were present in the meeting.