Don’t pressurize parents to submit fee: Govt warns Pvt schools in Jammu


Srinagar: The authorities in Jammu and Udhampur districts have warned private schools of strict action against for pressurizing parents to clear pending fee of the students and forcing them to purchase uniform and other items from a selected shop.

“All private schools affiliated to JKBOSE, CBSE, ICSE or any other functioning in district Jammu are directed not to pressurize students or their parents to deposit school fee till April 30,” reads an order issued by Chief Education Officer (CEO) Jammu.

The schools have been also directed not to charge the annual school fee till further directions from the administrative department.

“This order is issued in the interest of public at large and students and their parents in particular keeping in view the complete nationwide lockdown to avoid spread of COVID 19,” the order read, adding that any violation of the order by any school shall be viewed seriously and warrant stern action under rules.

In Udhampur district, the management of various private schools was pressurizing the parents to change the uniform of their kids and purchase the same from a particular shop which is in violation of the government order.

In wake of this, the district administration Udhampur has warned the private schools from “fleecing” parents and pressurizing them by resorting to such ill practices.

“We have many other issues at hand presently. I urge the private schools to cooperate and behave responsibly in the ambit of government direction and in the interest of public. Strict action shall follow otherwise,” tweeted deputy commissioner Udhampur, PiyushSinghla.

Also, a circular has been issued by the CEO Udhampur in this regard and has directed the private schools to refrain from doing such practices.

“The matter has been viewed seriously for violating the orders of the higher authorities. As such all the heads of private institutions functioning in the direct are directed to stop these things forth with and comply with the orders and instructions of the higher authorities,” reads a circular issued by CEO Udhampur.

It has warned schools of action in case of any violation, is reported in this regard from any quarter.

“The matter will be referred to the Directorate of School Education, Jammu for initiating stern action against the erring heads of the private educational institutions and their name will be disclosed before the authorities concerned,” read the circular.(GK)

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