Pvt schools highlight grievances, seek intervention of LG

Members of Pvt Schools Association meeting at Kathua on Sunday.
Members of Pvt Schools Association meeting at Kathua on Sunday.

Excelsior Correspondent
KATHUA, Nov 27: A meeting of office bearers of district Kathua unit of J&K Private Schools Association was organized by District President Sat Paul Mansotra to discuss the problems of small schools of Kathua and its adjoining areas viz Bani, Basholi, Manpur, Billawar etc.
General Secretary, Naresh Kumar highlighted the issues confronting the private schools, like delay in the grant of affiliation/ recognition to the most of the schools since 2019 onwards, harassment by the officials of JKBOSE who were telephonically claiming reproduction of all NOC viz building safety, chemical safety , fire safety etc from all those private school owners whose files have already been uploaded with all valid NOCs through online mode with hefty late fee and delay in the disposal of review cases for the enhancement of annual fee by the FFRC etc.
While speaking, members alleged that JKBOSE was hell bent to discourage the owners who are running small private schools by labeling unwanted late fee, penalties without their fault. “We are forced to bear the torture and harassment by the education and its allied departments when we have no sufficient energy, saving and have grown older,” they added.
Ajay Gupta, General Secretary of Central Body JKPSA, who was special invitee in the meeting, heard the grievances and said that officials at the helm of the affairs had never bothered to streamline the education system. FFRC has now become defunct and functioning headlessly. Government has failed to appoint Chairman of the Committee for Fixation and Regulation of Fee (FFRC) of Private Schools as tenure of Chairman has ended since November 08, 2022, he said.
Ajay Gupta appealed to the Lieutenant Governor for his intervention for immediate appointment of Chairman FFRC for the smooth functioning of the Committee for fixation and regulation of fee of private schools. He also urged the Lieutenant Governor to issue ordinance to Education Department and JKBOSE for the quick disposal of all files of private schools which are gathering dust in the Education Department and JKBOSE for the grant of recognition and affiliation after completing all formalities .
The members who attended the meeting included Ram Parkash, Dr M M Sharma, Rachhpal Singh,Yash Paul Sharma, Rajiv Jasrotia, Ramesh Gupta, Parveen Kousar, Vineet Gupta, Siddheshwar Sadotra, Chain Singh, Vineet Gupta and others.