Srinagar: Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) today welcomed the appointment of Justice (Retd) Muzaffar Hussain Attar as Chairman of Committee for Fixation and Regulation of Fee of Private Schools of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Association said that it was the need of the hour to infuse dynamism into the committee so that it will accomplish its work of helping students and schools alike. It welcomed the appointment of Justice (Retd) Attar as its chairman who has the capability of greatly helping the education sector with his futuristic vision. “We are of the view that a robust, impartial and just system should be put in place wherein the grievance of parents as well as the problems faced by private schools are given equal attention and resolved impartially,” said G N Var president PSAJK. “Plus there are so many other issues which have been ignored by the government and need to be looked into urgently. Now we hope that with Justice (retd) Attar at the helm of affairs a new energy will be infused into the committee.”
The Association said that a lot of confusion has been created due to contradictory orders issued in the past that need relook to address the crucial issues. “All our schools are not of uniform quality. They are a varied lot and it cannot be a one stick approach for all. There are high end schools, low end schools, trust operated schools and others. Every school has its own issues and needs to be looked at in a just manner,” said Var. “But despite the differences, one thing is clear that the contribution of private schools in the education sector cannot be ignored. Nobody can deny the role played by the private schools in providing quality education to masses.”
The Association lamented that despite such a contribution, the government as a system seems to be working in such a way that it discourages the private schools. “We hope that the Fee fixation committee will keep all these factors in mind and try to resolve the issues in a just manner. And whatever support they need from private schools we will wholeheartedly provide them.
The Association also welcomed the Order dated 13th November from the “Fee Fixation Committee” in the matter of “fixation and regulation of fees” chargeable by Private Schools.
The Association reaffirmed its commitment to 100 percent compliance with relevant laws and rules, keeping the vision for education in the 21st century in mind. The Association has further assured the Fee Fixation Committee of its all-out co-operation in ensuring complete transparency and accountability from each Member-institution in keeping with the imperatives of public interest,” said a spokesperson of PSAJK.