Srinagar: Cracking the whip on students who have been protesting on streets and clashing with police and paramilitary forces, the government on Sunday ordered closure of all private tuition centers in Kashmir valley for three months.
Education Minister Mohammad Altaf Bukhari said in a statement, “All private tuition centers which offer tuition up to class 12th will be closed for time being and the decision in this regard will be reviewed on fortnightly basis. Reports should go to the concerned district administration. All tutuion centres will remain closed for the next 90 days.”
The order shall have no bearing on coaching centers which provide coaching for professional courses for students who have passed Class 12 examinations.
Bukhari made the announcement after chairing a meeting of chief education officers (CEOs), zonal education officers (ZEOs) and principals of higher secondary schools.
The minister asked the Director School Education Kashmir to submit a list of teachers, masters and lecturers who are working in private coaching centers. He also asked the school authorities to conduct a parent-teacher meeting once every week.
Bukhari directed school principals to be in regular touch with their respective CEOs and at once report to them any problem that they face. He also sought regular feedback from heads of educational institutions.
He appealed to students to join their schools and colleges and resume class work.
Angered at this decision, a student told Kashmir Reader on phone, “It is more than obvious that students will hit the streets even harder after this. They (government) are unable to provide education to students, and if someone else is trying to do so, they are just eliminating that option.”
Other students said that student protests mostly happen in schools and colleges, not in tuition centers.