JCPS criticises ‘meagre’ six pc fee hike annually

JCPS criticises ‘meagre’ six pc fee hike annually
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Says schools will have no option but to close down

Srinagar: Joint Committee of Private Schools (JCPS) on Saturday termed the government decision to allow “meagre” six percent fee hike annually as “an act of destabilising private education sector especially the budget schools”.
According to the statement, the committee expressed shock at the government decision and said that instead of rewarding the Private Schools for their contribution in providing the quality education, “it seems they are hell-bent to derail the education system in the valley”.
“As per government order dated 2006, schools were enhancing fee by 10% annually. However in the backdrop of 2014 floods, the administration revoked this order and assured us that a comprehensive education policy will be framed with a provision of revision of fee structure so that the schools started in nineties would also get an opportunity to upgrade their educational standard,” said Mushtaq Canny, chairman JCPS.
The committee said that most of the schools are under the financial burden and they have been waiting for education policy and resumption of 2006 government order, in order to gain stability.
“During these few years of instability, the schools survived only because of admission fee and this admission fee is our backbone. If the government removes it, anybody can guess what will happen next,” said Mushtaq Canny stated. “Obviously schools will have no option but to close down”