School Fee Row in Court: Govt Seeks Time for Response 

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Srinagar:  As the private schools continue to demand tuition and transportation fee from the parents for the shutdown period, Advocate General Mr Jahangir Iqbal has assured the Jammu Kashmir High Court that the said issue will be taken note by the Education Department within few days. The Advocate General also sought time to file response in this regard”.

Advocate General Mr Jahangir Iqbal’s response came in the court of Justice N.Paul Vasantha Kumar and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar after an NGO Jammu Kashmir People’s Forum filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) pleading that any demand put forth by any private school with regard to fee collection  must be regarded as unfair till  final verdict comes from the Honorable High Court. 

Pertinently, private especially missionaries schools in Kashmir Valley have started asking students to pay tuition and transportation fee for the three months of shutdown, a move that has irked parents.

The petitioner in the PIL has submitted that private schools have no justification in demanding the tuition and transportation fee for the period when school remained shut. 

 “Private Schools should seek directions from the High Court instead of pressuring the students and parents who have suffered heavily in the ongoing unrest. The students and parent bodies are also free to join Public Interest Litigation (PIL) and voice their grievance,” the petitioner in the PIL has submitted. 

Advocate General informed the court that he will seek responses from Director School Education and submitted them accordingly in the court of law. “As the matter is subjudice, private schools can’t force parents to pay tuition and transportation charges from July to October,” officials working in Education Department told CNS

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