JAMMU, July 22: Former Deputy Chief Minister, Kavinder Gupta today met a delegation of Forum of Unaided Recognized Institutions (FOURI) led by its President Dr Adit Gupta and listened to the problems being faced by the private schools in Jammu in general and unaided private schools in particular.
The delegation members apprised the senior BJP leaders that the unaided educational institutions continue to face the brunt on account of the economic implications due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic for the past about two years so much so that some of these institutions are on the verge of closure today.
Dr Adit Gupta alleged that the parents, the teachers and the institution owners and management are the significant stakeholders in the Government’s endeavour to provide quality education to the children of Jammu and Kashmir and the unaided private educational institutions are playing their due role. He highlighted that the Fee Fixation and Regulation Committee had been constituted to address the issues of all the stakeholders in this endeavour but it is most unfortunate that the interests of unaided private institutions seem to have been inadequately addressed as a result of which the substantial number of such institutions will face imminent closure thus effecting the quantitative aspect of the noble cause. He said that Government has announced packages for various sectors to cope up with the economic breakdown on account of the COVID pandemic but it is an irony that the unaided educational institutions have not been compensated in any way thus leaving them in a turmoil situation.
He appealed to Kavinder Gupta to take up the matter with the concerned authorities and address the issues of these institutions failing which these are bound to face closure very soon.
The former Deputy Chief Minister listened to the delegation very patiently and said that private schools are playing a vital role in imparting the quality education in the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory. He assured that he would take up the matter with the concerned authorities and get it addressed equitably in the interest of all the stakeholders as well as for improving the quality of education and betterment of educational system.