Private schools hold inter-state conference, highlight issues

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 19: One day inter-state conference of Private Schools was held today under the chairmanship of Prof J L Kotwal, Chairman J&K Private Schools Association.
The conference was presided over by Kamal Gupta, president J&K PSA and attended by NISA president Kulbhushan Sharma, Thomas Antony (Advocacy Coordinator NISA), G N Var (president Joint Action committee Srinagar) and all district heads. They discussed the problems being faced by the private schools of Jammu and Kashmir.
Ajay Gupta, general secretary of J&K PSA, briefed about the agenda of the meeting and the new education policies of the State Government for conduct of the examination from class 5th to 9th & 11th under the ‘Review of no detention policy in the mid of session in which SIE is authorized to supervise the evaluation, encroachment of the internal autonomy of Private schools by the State Government, serving of notices to Private schools by the Fee Fixation Committee and etc.
The speakers said that they are compelled to move from pillar to post every time to fulfill these formalities and this too has opened an additional channel of corruption. They showed their anguish toward the Government for shifting of the examination centers from private schools to Government schools only as this act of Government is giving a dent in the day to day working of the private schools in the society,
G N Var, president Joint Action committee Srinagar, highlighted the problems being faced by the students of Kashmir Valley due to unrest and wrong policies of the State Government.
NISA president Kulbhushan Sharma said that the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) is fighting for the low budget private schools throughout the country and opposing the non realistic education policies of the Government.
President of PSA, Kamal Gupta appreciated the decision of the government for changing the portfolio of Naeem Akhter from Education Department. He demanded that Government should come out with the clear cut policy to support the low budget private schools which are being run by the educationist who has passion in providing the education by charging nominal amount as fees.
The conference highlighted charter of demands, which include; one time recognition to for private schools, infrastructure required for running Private schools as per SSA & RMSA norms, upper limit of fee should be fixed by the Government, exempting private schools from commercial laws, labour laws , ensure single window clearance system,
The prominent, who spoke in the meeting, included Sanjeev Luthra, Lal Chand, O P Chandail, Siddeshwar Sadotra, Chain Singh, Sat Paul Mansotra, R P Sharma, Vaneet Gupta, Ajay Kotwai and others