Private schools resist govt call for fee details

Private schools resist govt call for fee details
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SRINAGAR: Even though the deadline elapsed this month for Jammu and Kashmir’s private schools to submit the details of the admission fees/annual charges they levy, the state’s schools are still far from complying.
Nazir-ul-Hassan, administration officer in the Fee Fixation Committee, told Kashmir Reader that only a few schools have submitted these details so far.
“In Kashmir, only 10 private schools have supplied the details while in Jammu just seven schools have submitted the form.”
He said the government gave the schools 10 days to submit the details. “However they failed to submit the form within the stipulated time, so now we will wait for another five days after which we will take action against them.” Hassan added that the officials would write to Deputy Commissioners state-wide regarding this matter.
The government, through an official notification under number :FFC/Jammu-18/1024-45, dated 24-01-2018, has asked all J&K private schools to submit the details of their charges as there had been complaints of the schools demanding exorbitant sums as admission fees and annual charges.
The official account however is contradicted by the president of the Private School Association, G N Var, who said most Kashmir-based private schools had provided the details, leaving only some far-flung private schools that have not submitted them so far.
“Many private schools operating in the Jammu division have not submitted their details,” Var added.
Meanwhile Education Secretary Farooq Ahmad Shah told Kashmir Reader, “We will take strict action against those schools that don’t submit their fee fixation details.”
Last year, Minister for Education Syed Altaf Bukhari chaired a meeting to discuss the enactment of an Act for the fixation of the fee structure in the state’s private schools.
Fixing the private schools’ fee structure, he had said, was for the larger welfare of the student community and the education system.