SRINAGAR Even as public circles welcomed Government action against a couple of middle wrung schools in the city for charging excess fee, there appears to be no inclination in the official circles when it comes to cracking a whip against elite schools here.
Education department has been reiterating its commitment of ensuring fee regulation of all the private educational institutions in the state time and again, but on the ground it seems to have failed to take necessary actions against certain big and influential schools which have turned into commercial enterprises.
According to reports a leading school in Srinagar outskirts minted more than two crore in just two days recently. The admission process was completed in two days and the parents of the kids paid Rs. 90,000 each as admission fee, a group of fuming parents said.
The school has in its representation to the government said, The fee fixed (By the Govt) thus will not enable their institution to maintain academic excellence which is our prime motive and concern.
Parents said that these schools are looting people. The educational system of Kashmir has become a lucrative business.
Majority of people in Kashmir are from the middle-class background, having an ordinary way of living and earning. High fee burden makes their life more stressful and miserable., they said.
We want that our kids should study in Government schools, but there is no quality of education, lack of infrastructure, lack of everything, said a parent.
Meanwhile over the years the department higher ups have failed to act against such schools thus emboldening the management of the schools to resort to ‘loot.