HC seeks report on unregistered coaching centres 

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Srinagar—The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday directed authorities to file an updated affidavit within four weeks about running or otherwise of unregistered coaching centers in Kashmir Valley. 

The directions were passed by a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmad and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey while hearing a Public Interest Litigation.

“The issues raised in the PIL are of significant importance from the public point of view. This petition has been filed with the benign hope of regulating the working and functioning of the tuition centres. Serious allegations have been made in this PIL about the functioning and working of the tuition centres,” the court had said in one of the previous hearings. 

 “Acquiring knowledge through the process of education is one of the important and basic human rights of an individual. Education plays a vital role in taking an individual from the darkness to light. A society, which is educated, can be said to be a most developed society,” the court had said, underling that the persons who are charged with the duty of imparting education have an “onerous duty to discharge.” 

“The teachers, who impart education, are more respected members of the society. In their hands, lies the future of a nation. Unfortunately, in present times, in some cases, this profession of teaching has been converted into a commercial activity.”

The State Government being repository of rights of the people, the court had said, was duty bound to ensure that quality education was provided to the students and all the facilities provided by the owners of tuition centres. 

“The State, on its part, has accorded sanction for framing of the Rules of 2010 but unfortunately these rules have not been implemented at the ground level.  It is alleged that even unregistered tuition, coaching centres are functioning and no authority is bothered to deal with them when they have authority to take action in terms of the rules.”  

The PIL seeks directions for closing down of all illegal and unregistered Private Tuition Centres across the Valley. Subsequently, the court formed a high level panel asking it to close down all the unregistered coaching centres.  Later directions were issued for Jammu division also.

The PIL also seeks cancellation of registration of Private Tuition Centres who do not conform to the rules in vague, particularly displaying and notifying monthly tuition fee or charge exorbitant tuition fee.

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