Many private schools continue charging fee for flood months

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Such schools must ready themselves for stern action: Dr Faisal 

SRINAGAR: Most private schools in Kashmir, despite clear-cut directives from the court, have forced parents to pay tuition fee for September and October 2014. One year on, the schools have not adjusted the fee of the months Kashmir remained submerged under the fierce deluge. 

“The school has denied waiving of the fee for September and October 2014,” Shaheena (name changed), mother of a girl child studying at Oasis school Habak Naseem Bagh, said.

“We have adjusted the fee for those cases only which were directly affected by the floods”, Shazia Jeelani, Principal, Oasis Public School, Habak Naseem Bagh, said.

As per the court orders, all schools of Kashmir valley were supposed to submit an affidavit regarding waiving of the school fee within ten days after the court issued instructions.

Most of the schools in the city have waived the fees but there are some ‘prominent’ ones that have forced the parents to pay for September and October and have still not done the adjustment.

Missionary schools, Mallinson and Tyndale Biscoe have not forced the parents to pay for the said months and have acted in accordance with the court directives. They didn’t even go for the routine feel hike.

However, many schools in the downtown and outskirts of the city have grossly acted against the court directives forcing the parents pay through their nose. “The school is playing hide and seek with us with regard to the fee for September and October 2014 which is yet to be adjusted,” said a mother whose child is studying at Kashmir Havard School Habak Naseem Bagh.

 “Yes, we have taken the fee for September and October and we are adjusting it with our accounts,” Rouf Ahmed, PRO, Kashmir Havard School said.

Same is the case with Radiant Public School, Malla Bagh, whose PRO promised the feel shall be adjusted soon. “We are adjusting the fee of with the current session,” Ghulam Hassan said.

Meanwhile, Director School Education, Dr. Shah Faisal taking a strong note of the malpractice said: We have received complaints in this regard and we have issued circulars to adjust the fee,” he said. “Strict action against the defaulters shall be taken if complaints are further received in this connection.”

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