STATE TIMES NEWS SRINAGAR: A deputation of J&K Private Schools Association (JKPSA) led by Rameshwar Mengi, accompanying J&K Joint Coordination Committee of Private Schools, Srinagar called on Justice (Retd) Imtiyaz Hussain, Chairman Fee Fixation Committee of Private Educational Institutions and discussed various issues here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, General Secretary JKPSA, Ajay Gupta deliberated on turmoil created by few confused minds in Jammu regarding refund of fee to parents. “Most of the schools are now charging as per order no 1-FFC of 2019, dated January 28, 2019. As per circular no 1-FFC of 2019 dated March 26, 2019 the condition of refund did not apply to those schools which are charging fee as per FFC order no 1. The unwanted and unrealistic protests devoid of any substantial base are causing discouragement and confusion in minds of parents and common citizens,” Mengi said. While addressing the delegation, the Chairman FFC said that the State Government has started its work to fix fee structure for all schools (JKBOSE/CBSE/ICSE) functioning in the State from class nursery to class 12th. So, the FFC is extending invitation to members of registered / recognised bodies of private schools of Srinagar, Jammu and Ladakh Division to get ready for formation of effective and transparent policy regarding universal fee fixation, he added. “Total commercialised education for an individual’s gain shall not be tolerated. Any individual, whether parent or school-owner, who wants to take mileage beyond the law will not be spared,” he said. “FFC and State Government are working together to bring uniformity in all walks of life,” he emphasised. The delegation demanded categorisation of all schools functioning in the State based on availability of land, infrastructure and other allied facilities. Educational institutions should be allowed to charge one-time admission fee at the time when child is enrolled in the school by fixing minimum and maximum limit, so that children already studying in same school are also benefitted. Rectification of clause 12 of order no 01 FFC of 2019 and enhancement of fee structure annually by 8 to 10 per cent to match with annual inflation rate and price index were also demanded. The deputation comprised of Showkat Chowdhary, Ram Parkash Sharma, Thomas Oomen, Iqbal Begh and Mohammad Yousaf Manzar.
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