Govt To Seal Unregistered Schools With Immediate Effect

Srinagar—Secretary Education, Farooq Ahmad Shah Saturday directed all Chief Education Officers to seal the private schools which are running without the mandatory registration with the Directorate of School Education (DSEK).

While reviewing the functioning of DSEK, Farooq Shah said that Government would constitute a committee very soon for the regulation of unregistered private schools in the Valley.

The Committee will also examine the quality of education, teacher-student ratio, fee structure, salary paid to the staff, infrastructure, adherence to the guidelines of Union Ministry of Human Resource Development and other rules and regulation made mandatory for private schools to follow.

The Secretary directed all CEOs to start the drive of sealing illegally-run private schools in their respective districts immediately in coordination with concerned police stations.

Meanwhile, taking cognizance of the reports regarding excessive fee charged by some private educational institutions, the Directorate of School Education Kashmir has asked all the private schools in Kashmir division to publicise, within one week, the details of the fee charged by them.

“It has come to the notice of the Directorate of School Education Kashmir that exorbitant fee is being charged by some private educational institutions, particularly some prominent schools, in various districts of Kashmir division,” said a notification issued by the Director School Education Kashmir, Dr G N Itoo.

It said a mechanism for charging fee by the recognized private educational institutions has been already put in place by the Government through SRO-123 dated: 18-03-2010.

Enumerating the guidelines laid down in the said SRO, the Director School Education Kashmir said that every private school has to publicise the details of the fee structure for the information of the general public before the commencement of each academic session.

The admission fee has to be charged only once at the time of first enrolment of the student in the school. No money from any source shall be accepted by any such school without due acquaintance and without being properly accounted for. There shall be no mid-session revision of the fee and the schools shall effect, any revision of fee, in consultation with the Parents Associations under intimation to the concerned Director School Education.

“In view of the framework setup by the Government, no private educational institution is competent to charge fee other than that stipulated in SRO-123 that too on reasonable rates fixed by the Government/Fee Structure Committee,” said the notification issued by the Director School Education Kashmir.

It said all the private recognized educational institutions functioning in Kashmir division are accordingly informed to notify through media, within a week’s time, all the details of the fee including the amount charged within the ambit of SRO-123 from the parents/wards.

“In case any school fails to respond within the stipulated time, the recognition of such school will be withdrawn without any further notice,” the notification said.

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