Private School taking students and parents for a ride

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Parents mulling to approach court against RPS

ANANTNAG: A parents’ body of private schools in the South Kashmir district of Anantnag Tuesday have reportedly decided to move court against a private school for allegedly failing to implement court directives with regard to the safety of their children.

Members of the Association, Parents Association of Privately Administered Schools (PAPAS), said that due to the adamant and negative approach of Radiant Public School towards non-implementation of court directions and government orders regarding arbitrary fee hikes and other issues related to transport, they have decided to approach the court. “Despite knocking at the doors of higher authorities on daily basis, no action has been initiated against the school management due to reasons known to the person who are at the helm of affairs, head of the Association said. “We met the Minister of Education and Director School Education and demanded action against the Radiant Public School authorities but to of no avail.”

The school, according to the Association, has not implemented the SRO-123 as is mandatory for getting recognition from the Department of Education. “The school is being run from a five storey building without getting requisite and mandatory clearances from various departments like PWD, Fire Service for safety measures,” one of the Association members said. “The school has failed to produce an after-the-flood NOC from the concerned departments even upon repeated requests from parents.”

The Association members told Kashmir Observer that they can’t allow the school authorities to play with the innocent lives of their children. “The school is busy in minting money on the one or the other pretext from the poor parents,” the members said. “When it comes to transport facility, the school authorities pick and drop children in shifts in morning and evening while the school has also failed to implement the High Court directions regarding arbitrary fee hikes.”

Since August 2014 and parents have been complaining that the fee charged from them for the months of Sep and Oct was not adjusted even after a year.

The Association has urged the Minister for Education and the administration to intervene into the matter.

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