Schools continue to violate ‘No Homework’ order

In a recent notification, the Ministry of Human Resource and Development directed all states that there should be no homework for classes up to Class II, but these directions are not being followed in Kashmir schools. Parents said schools were not serious about the personality development of children and they were being overburdened by homework. “My son studies in UKG and he is reluctant to do his homework. He was once slapped by his teacher and that incident has left an impact on him. Schools are not ready to handle…

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As mercury continues to decrease, parents seek early winter break in schools

As mercury continues to touch the freezing point in Kashmir, parents have demanded an early winter break for lower classes in schools, saying they lack heating arrangements. Mohammad Altaf, a resident of Baramulla, said children shiver in classes in the absence of heating facilities. “Unfortunately, schools do not have heating facilities due to which the children suffer. So, they should be closed for an early winter break because day by day, the temperature is decreasing,” he said. Another parent, Shakir Ahmad from Srinagar, said due to a dip in the…

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Share admission details of poor students: SHRC to Private schools

State Human Rights Commission chairman Justice Bilal Nazki (retd) has issued notice to leading private schools of Kashmir directing them to provide admission details of students belonging to financially weaker backgrounds. In the notice, the schools have been asked to file the detailed compliance report before the commission within two weeks as to what procedure they are following during the admission process. The SHRC direction comes in response to the petition filed by the chairman of the International Forum for Justice, Ahsan Untoo. The petitioner has also urged the commission…

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Fleecing students, panel set to tighten noose around private schools

The Directorate of School Education, Jammu, has taken note of the parents being allegedly forced by private schools to purchase textbooks and uniforms from designated shops at exorbitant rates. It has constituted a four-member committee to take action against the defaulting institutions in the Jammu region. The Chief Education Officer (CEO) will be the chairman of the committee in each district. The panel members include the Deputy CEO, seniormost principal of the higher secondary schools and the Assistant Director from the CEO office. Sources said all private schools in the…

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Kashmiri Students heading home post Jalandhar arrests

Following the arrest of two Kashmiri students of St Soldier College here last week in connection with the Maqsudan police station blast case, students from the Valley have either vacated their paying guest (PG) accommodation or have gone on extended leave. A few, who have stayed back for examinations, are ill at ease. Manbir Singh, managing-director of the CT Group of Institutions, says: “Many students went on leave immediately after the arrests. We persistently called up their parents, insisting that they send their wards back. There is bound to be…

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Kashmiri students returning home frightening of police profiling in Punjab

Kashmiri students studying at various colleges in Punjab have started returning home to the valley fearing harassment and arrest, alleging police were profiling them. The students and their parents said Punjab police have issued “forms” through college administrations to be filled in by the Kashmiri students. The forms entitled “Other students database” asks for details like full name, date of birth, gender, father’s name, address, contact, Aadhaar detail, date of admission and a photograph to be pasted on the supplied data sheet. Kashmiri students were also being asked to intimate…

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1200 Kashmiri Students in AMU threaten to return home on October 17

Kashmiri students studying in Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have threatened to leave for their homes on October 17, if the sedition charges against three of them are not dropped. In a letter to AMU vice-chancellor, AMU students union former vice-president Sajjad Rathar said, “If this vilification does not stop, more than 1,200 Kashmiri students will leave for their homes in the Kashmir Valley on October 17 as a last option.” Terming the slapping of sedition charges as “vendetta”, Rathar said, “The option of holding Namaaz-e-Janaza (prayer meeting) in absentia was…

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Parents accuse schools of charging hefty amount as donations for admission

The school education department has failed to regulate the private schools in Kashmir as the elite private educational institutions continue to charge hefty amount as donations from parents at the time of admissions in the school. Most of the private schools in Srinagar and other districts are charging donation in and admission fee in lakhs from the parents for enrolling their kids in the school. The money is charged at the time of admission in Kindergarten or any other class up to 8th. The government has constituted a full-fledged School…

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Kashmir Board exams between Oct 17-Nov 16

The J&K Government is mulling to hold Class X and Class XII examinations in Kashmir in-between the the municipal and panchayat elections. To avoid any delay, officials said the board examinations would be held between October 17 and November 16. A query regarding the examinations was raised by Adviser Khurshid Ganai with Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday during the one-day conference of deputy commissioners and district police chiefs at the Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre here. The four-phase polling for local and urban bodies is scheduled from October 8 to…

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Exorbitant Fee Row: Complaints against two more private schools

Days after the Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) issued a suspension notice against two private schools here the Fee Fixation Committee (FFC) Tuesday said they have received fresh complaints against some more private schools for charging exorbitant fee in violation of its directives. Chairman of FFC, Justice (Retd) Hakim Imtiyaz Hussain said the committee has received some new complaints against private schools for violating its recommended fee structure. Hussain said FFC has received complaints from the parents of students enrolled in Minto Circle School, Srinagar who are ‘violating’ the…

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