STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: A deputation of J&K Private Schools Association (PSA) led by its General Secretary, Ajay Gupta called on Hirdesh Kumar, Commissioner/ Secretary, School Education Department and apprised him about various difficulties, which most of the High and Higher Secondary Schools, would face after conclusion of Academic Session 2019-20 due to delay in recognition on basis of affiliation by the School Education Department. Gupta briefed the Secretary that the School Education Department granted recognition /extension on basis of affiliation vide government order in favour of only 69 High /Higher Secondary institutions of Jammu Division after a lapse of more than a year. Most of the private schools, which were granted affiliation by the State Affiliation Committee since January 2019, are still deprived of recognition /extension and the delay in recognition on basis of affiliation by the department would create problems for private schools by concerned CEOs while confirmation of result for academic session 2019-20 (Winter/Summer Zone) as done in preceding years. Gupta also informed the Secretary that due to non-availability of Chairman, Fee Fixation Committee, whose tenure lapsed on July 2019, all low budget private schools are in a fix what to do and what not to do for approval/ enhancement of fee for new academic session 2020-21. Members present in the meeting demanded immediate recognition /extension on basis of affiliation before closer of academic session 2019 -20. They also appealed for appointment of a Chairman, Fee Fixation Committee to save the venture from harassment and exploitation at the hands of administration and parents. Commissioner/Secretary listened to members patiently and assured settlement of all highlighted demands within a couple of days. The delegation comprised of Ajay Singh, Sanjeev Luthra, Sat Paul Manstra, Mohammad Latief, Rachh Pal Singh, Naresh Kumar, Ragubir Singh, Malar Singh, Pardeep Kumar, Rajeev Singh, Lavanya Khular, Chain Singh, Davinder Singh, Surinder Gupta and Rajesh Gupta.
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