State Times NewsSRINAGAR: A delegation of four Executive members of central body of J&K Private Schools led by its President Kamal Gupta called on Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon, Principal Secretary, School Education Department regarding his recent tweet for the reduction of 30 per cent tuition fee from March to September 2020.While speaking, members briefed to the Principal Secretary that due to the closure of schools at the beginning of the academic session enrollment of almost all schools has declined and there is severe financial deficit.The condition of small schools which are charging tuition fee Rs. 500 to Rs 1000 per month has become miserable, they said adding that the whole of the scenario and condition of all those who are solely dependent on private schools has become worrisome as even after Unlock-4.0 parents are reluctant to pay monthly fee on the basis of circular which was issued May 14, 2020 to brought equilibrium and to save all from exploitation and harassment.To grant relief, members demanded a time bound advisory for the parents who are government employee or running shops of essential commodities to deposit tuition fee on the basis of circular no. 01 Edu of 2020 which was issued on May 14, 2020, during the lock down period.Restoration of order no. 01 FFC 2019 dated January 28, 2019 issued by Fee Fixation Committee to bring all private schools of JKUT out from the financial deficit after October 2020 was also demanded.Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon gave a patient hearing and said that many private schools are demanding capitation fee/admission fee.Government is bound to take stern action against those schools which have not adhered to the order issued during lockdown period on May 14, 2020, he said adding that action under rule can be initiated against such schools which have collected admission fee from the parents/students as it is violation of RTE Act, 2009 and also illogical as per clause (8) of order issued by FFC on January 28, 2019.Moreover parents who are government employee or whose business is not affected are bound to deposit tuition fee as per circular no 1 Edu of 2020 which was issued on May 14, 2020, he added.The Executive members of JKPSA who accompanied the deputation were Rameshwar Mengi (Vice President), Ajay Gupta (General Secretary) and Deepak Handa (President District Jammu).
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