SRINAGAR: The Private Schools’ Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) Sunday said the Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ganaie assured it that no step which harms the education sector will be allowed and that nobody will be allowed to play with the future of students.
The Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) on Monday ordered suspension of recognition of RP School Mallabagh and Green Valley Educational Institute, Ellahibagh for exorbitant fee hike and non-compliance of orders from the department. The PSAJK condemned the suspension and threatened to go to court against the decision.
On Sunday, a delegation of PSAJK called on the Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ganai wherein the “important” issue of de-recognition of (two private) schools among other things were discussed, a statement issued by the association said.
The association led by its chairman G N Var was represented by chairmen of various councils – Manzoor Ahmad Wangnoo, M Yousuf Kuchay, M Wani, Shabir A Mir, Farooq Fazli, Kalid Reshi, Sajad Gadoo, Manzoor Ahmad, M Sayed, Imran Rafiq, Ab Majid Bhat, Bilal Ahmad, Arshad Mehraj, Showkat Ahmad, Khurshid Mahajan, Dr Suhail Chowdhary, Shakir Ashraf,Athar Suharwardhy, Fayaz Abdullah and others, the statement said.
“The advisor gave a patient hearing to the association and assured it that no step will be allowed which harms the education sector,” the PSAJK statement said, adding, “The advisor said that all genuine complaints of private schools will be addressed at priority and nobody will be allowed to play with the future of students.”
Var informed the advisor about the problems faced by thousands of students due to the recent de-recognition of the schools.
“It is not mere closing of two elite schools but it is the sinister attack on the entire private education sector which has been doing wonderful work over the years,” the statement quouted Var as informing the advisor. “We informed the advisor how the decision is wrong and how it has spread a wave of panic among students and their parents. We support every action taken for betterment of education, but here laws have been misused and association has not been taken on board.”
“De-recognition of two elite schools is a witch hunt. At a time when there are millions of complaints about low-grade quality of education at government schools, blatant violation of laws by missionary and certain outside schools, why has administration just two local Kashmiri schools. We apprised the advisor of all such issues,” Var said.
The advisor said that no injustice will be done with any school. “We have always been in favour of quality education and have given ample space to private schools for flourish and develop. Government is committed to allow the growth of private schools in healthy and positive way,” Var quoted advisor as saying.
The advisor said the issue will be sorted amicably soon and students need not to worry, he added.
Meanwhile, the PSAJK has appealed parents and students of the affected not to panic.
“It is very normal that these students and their parents feel anxiety but we assure them that their career won’t be put at stake and we will ensure that their career is safe and the coming examinations are held as normal,” Var said. “We appeal people not to trust rumours and be in touch with their respective schools for the future action.”