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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Cancel license of Schools for exorbitant fee hike: Baseer Khan to DSEK

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan Monday directed Director Directorate of School Education (DSEK) to cancel recognition of all those private schools in the valley including Leh and Kargil districts which have exorbitantly hiked fee in their institutions. Khan made these directions while reviewing the status of fee structure in various schools in the valley including Ladakh division. He cautioned all the heads of the private institutions not to hike the fee on their own and comply with the instructions and orders from the department of education in letter and…

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Heavy school bags, a burden for kids

Four five-year-old Ali going to school was a pain. Literally. He would come back home complaining of pain in his back and ankles. When his parents took him to an orthopaedic, it was found that the cause of Ali’s pain was the school bag he was carrying. Little Ali was carrying nearly 9 kg of text books and notebooks. Doctors say that a child should carry less than 10 per cent of her weight on her shoulders. Ali is not only student in Kashmir who is suffering. A recent survey…

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After RP School, govt derecognises Green Valley School

Directorate of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Saturday ordered the suspension of recognition of Green Valley Educational Institute, Ellahibagh for exorbitant fee hike and non-compliance of orders from the Department. The government had earlier suspended the recognition of RP School Mallabagh. “An order vide no. DSEK/GS/1418-25/2018, dated: 14-09-2018 has been issued in this regard and another communication vide no. DSEK/GS/1069-70, dated: 03-07-2018 was forwarded to Joint Secretary JKBOSE and Principal DIET Srinagar wherein they were instructed not to entertain any affair of the schools till further instructions from the Directorate,” a…

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State Administrative Council nod for 40 degree colleges in state

Governor Satya Pal Malik-led State Administrative Council decided to open 40 new degree colleges, including 26 degree colleges already sanctioned, in a phased manner across the state. Acknowledging the need for opening up more colleges in remote areas, the SAC decided to constitute a committee under the chairmanship of Principal Secretary, Finance, to finalise the locations and other logistics. The SAC also approved the formation of a joint venture company for the development of the 850 MW Ratle hydro electric project and its transfer to J&K within a period of…

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Schools reopen amid hot weather post Summer break across Kashmir Valley

After 10 days of summer vacation, the schools across Kashmir reopened on Monday amid humid weather. The schools were closed on July 19 for a 10-day summer break and were scheduled to reopen on July 30. On Monday morning, the city witnessed traffic jams as school buses were back on roads see plied during the rush hour. Following rumours on the social media that the school break might be extended, the department of school education on Sunday evening issued a circular, asking teachers and students to attend the schools on…

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Three IT giants innovate to save Kashmir education

Three IT majors – Microsoft, Tech Avant-Garde and Efee Online – have come together to help Kashmiri students to make up for their academic losses due to frequent shutdowns and curfews in the insurgency-ravaged state. The three firms have partnered with the Private Schools Association of Kashmir (PSAK) in starting an online education system in Jammu and Kashmir. “PSAK is partnering with ‘Tech Avant-Garde, Microsoft and Efee online companies to bring Information Technology (IT) which is going to permit solutions to the education system especially during the frequent closure of…

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Frequent Govt closure orders put academics in jeopardy in Kashmir

With PDP-BJP led coalition facing tough time over running academic institutions amid volatile situation and rising protests, various colleges across Kashmir region have lost their academic session due to frequent government closure orders. This year so far, various colleges of Kashmir lost nearly over four weeks of their academic activities owing to frequent closures orders by government and strikes to prevent the student protests. The restive south Kashmir, which has remained hotbed for the frequent protest, has witnessed a loss of more than one and a half months of academic…

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Unending protests hit education system across Kashmir Valley

The continuing strife in Kashmir is not only harming the State’s economy but also the education sector, as students are either out on the roads participating in protests or are confined to homes due to the frequent shutdowns. Schools and colleges in the Valley were shut for 32 days after reopening on March 5. Fearing student protests after terrorist killings or civilian deaths, authorities ordered their closure. Ali Mohammad, a retired teacher, said education should be delinked from politics. “We cannot keep our students hostage to the situation. The closure…

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Let holidays be working days in schools, DSEK’s proposal to govt over frequent school closers

The director school education Kashmir G N Itoo has submitted a proposal to the government, proposing that the next holiday should be deemed as the working day to make up for the academic loss in case the schools miss a working day due to forced closure of schools during strikes and shutdowns. The proposal has been submitted to the government at a time when the government often orders suspension of class work in educational institutions “as a precautionary measure” to avoid student protests. “When class work is suspended in schools,…

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