SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission on Friday issued notices to leading schools of Srinagar city asking them to file detailed compliance reports on issues pertaining to admission procedure and reserved seats for poor children. The Commission sought the reports from heads of schools within two weeks.
The notices have been sent to Presentation Convent, Tyndale Biscoe, Mallinson, G D Goenka, DPS Athwajan, Iqbal Memorial and other leading schools.
The Commission Chairperson, Justice Bilal Nazki, issued the notices after a petition was moved by human rights activist Ahsan Untoo.
The petition alleged that prominent schools were following shoddy admission procedures wherein poor children are deprived of any opportunity to gain exposure and quality education. He said that brokers manage admissions against hefty sums in these schools.
The petition pleaded that the admission and monthly fees of these schools should be looked at, and called for on-spot inspections to ascertain “how admissions are taking place”.
The petitioner said that every parent wants to send their children to good schools but at the same time getting quality education should not be made a commercial activity.
He also urged the Commission to ask the heads of all the leading private schools of Kashmir to divulge whether they have installed heating gadgets for the students in their schools.
While talking to Kashmir Reader, petitioner Ahsan Untoo said, “Every single child should get quality education, whether they study in private schools or government schools. I want to know how many poor children these schools have given admissions to and what is the status of admission fees and monthly fees for these schools. It is the issue of society at large, and we cannot remain mute spectators.”