Fee Committee warns DPS Baramulla on forcing annual charges

Fee Committee warns DPS Baramulla on forcing annual charges
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Parents allege school charging arbitrary annual charges, withholding admit cards

IRSHAD KHAN

SRINAGAR: The Fee Fixation Committee has warned Delhi Public School (DPS) Baramulla against forcing parents to pay ‘annual charges’ and withholding admit cards of students on the issue.
Several parents have alleged that the school was demanding ‘arbitrary’ Rs 3,500 as annual charges had withheld admit cards of students refusing to pay the amount.
Responding to the allegation, the chairman of the school told Kashmir Reader that children of complaining parents “do not deserve quality education”
In a letter addressed to Chairman, DPS Baramulla on Monday, the Fee Fixation Committee (FFC) has said that it was “continuously receiving complaints from parents of students alleging that DPS Baramulla is demanding Rs 3,500 as annual charges…”
The school “is resorting to pressure tactics by refusing to issue admit cards for the ensuing examination,” the FFC has said in the letter.
It said the institution “cannot charge such amount from the students” as the committee “has not so far approved the said amount of Rs 3,500 as annual charges”.
“Now before proceeding further in the matter, you are directed to issue admit cards to the students without any precondition,” reads the FFC’s letter to Chairman DPS, Baramulla.
“You are also directed not to force the parents to pay Rs 3,500 until a proper permission in this regard is issued by this committee,” the letter adds.
Warning the institution, the FFC has said in the letter that violation of set norms, “will warrant action against the school and the committee may, in such circumstances, refer the case to CBSE (Central Board of School Education) for appropriate action against the school”.
The FFC has sent copies of the letter to Director School Education Kashmir and Chief Education Officer Baramulla for “necessary action”.
A couple of parents whose wards are enrolled at DPS Baramulla also told Kashmir Reader that the school had “withheld” admit cards of students who did not pay the annual charges.
Talking to Kashmir Reader over phone, Chairman DPS Baramulla, Sheikh Mohsin Iqbal, however, denied having refused to issue admit cards for the examination to the students who did not pay the annual charges.
“We have issued admit cards to all the students. The examination started today and all the students appeared in today’s paper,” Iqbal said.
Iqbal said that they will take “legal course of action” against the FFC order. “If they received the complaints, they should have approached us for clarification,” he said.
Iqbal admitted that the school was taking annual charges from the students.
While “all schools”, as per Iqbal, charged annual fee from the students, he said that the FFC had “singled us out”.
“These are false allegations and pressure tactics by a few parents. Students of such parents do not deserve quality education,” he added.