Transportation service a burden on private schools: PSAJK

Members of Pvt Schools Association addressing press conference in Srinagar on Friday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Members of Pvt Schools Association addressing press conference in Srinagar on Friday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Mar 5: Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) today said that in present circumstances, transportation service is a burden for them and offered the government to take over the transportation wing of all the private educational institutions.
The Association today during a press conference said that such a scenario will be a win-win situation for the students, parents and school management.
“In the interest of society, it is amending the previous order of not plying its school buses and other vehicles,” said G N Var president PSAJK.
He said that last time we had decided to keep our transport off the roads and after that we got numerous requests from parents and the government too, jumped in to discuss the issue with us. Click here to watch video
“From the government side we got assurances and promises which are yet to be implemented on the ground,” he said.
The Association said that to give more time to parents to make their arrangements and the government to implement its promised orders, “we have decided to ply our vehicles for the next two weeks.”
The Association said that the main work of the private schools is to provide quality education to children and providing transport services is not a necessary domain of an educational institute.
“The transportation service has become a white elephant for us. It not only impedes our working but has also become a financial burden on us. In the absence of collection of transportation charges from the parents of the students since August 2019, schools in no way can afford to ply their buses,” he said.
In such a scenario, Var said, we have asked the government to take over all of our buses and other vehicles.
“The Government has a full-fledged transport department and hundreds of vehicles. They can easily arrange transport for the children; they can charge minimally or whatever they like and provide quality transport for us,” he said.
The Association said that it is ready to work under rules and regulations provided the same are made according to some logic and not according to whims of an officer.
“There is chaos in the administration regarding affiliation, registration and upgradation of schools. After the formation of UT, there were several good central guidelines regarding the Education sector meant for implementation here,” he said.
Rameshwar Manhas, Private Schools Coordination Committee, Jammu president also participated in the press conference virtually to express support on transport and other issues. He said that the private schools in Jammu are also on the same page on this issue with their Kashmiri counterparts.