All Private Schools in JK must adhere to Govt norms: Hirdesh Kumar

SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 19: Commissioner Secretary, School Education, Hirdesh Kumar today directed officials of the Department of School Education to ensure that Private School authorities strictly follow fee structure norms laid down by the Government.

Speaking to officials after holding a day-long pubic grievance camp at Banquet Hall, Srinagar, the Commissioner Secretary said that all Private Schools functioning across Jammu and Kashmir must adhere to the guidelines issued by the Government in order to being vibrancy in the school education sector.

He said that J&K School Fee Fixation Committee (SFFC) have already worked out all modalities and directions in this regard were passed to the Private Schools for strict adherence.

He further said that SFCC would soon be reconstituted according to the new Act.

Notably School Fee Fixation Committee—a regulatory body with a mandate to regulate fee structure of schools, was constituted in 2015 in the wake of Supreme Court (SC) directions asking States to regulate fee structure in the private schools.

The recommendations made by the SFFC on fee structure in the schools are implemented by the DSEK through Chief Education Officers.

The officials of the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir (DSEK) were also directed to check functioning of the private schools and to regulate the fee structure.

Hirdesh Kumar takes stock of public grievances at Srinagar

‘Bettering education sector should be concern of all’

‘Govt aim to ensure 100% coverage under all beneficiary-oriented schemes’

SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 19: Commissioner Secretary, School Education and Social Welfare Department, Hirdesh Kumar today took stock of people’s grievances during a day-long public grievance camp held at Banquet Hall, Srinagar.

During the programme, a large number of deputations and individuals from across Kashmir districts including, Srinagar, Budgam, Anantnag, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian, Gurez, Bandipora, Kangan, among other areas met the Administrative Secretary and highlighted their issues.

Speaking to several delegations during the camp, Kumar said that “bettering education system across Jammu and Kashmir should be a primary concern of all.” “We all must take extra efforts to bring some positive changes in the educational sector. We must also ensure 100% attendance of the children in the schools,” he said.

He said that Government was also taking several initiatives for bringing positive changes in the educational sector at all levels.

The Administrative Secretary was flanked by, Director General, Department of Social Welfare, Ruksana Gani, Special Secretary, Department of Social Welfare, Tasaduq Jeelani, Joint Director (North Central), Aabid Hussain Kira, Joint Director (South Central), Bilal Khursheed, Personnel Officer, Director School Education, Kashmir, Muzamil Maqbool, Deputy Director (Planning), Nisar Ahmad, among other senior officers School and Social Welfare departments.

Matters related to Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction were also heard by Commissioner Secretary, Hirdesh Kumar, along with Additional Secretary, Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation, Suraj Prakash Rukwal.

The Commissioner Secretary said that Government was aiming to ensure 100 per cent implementation of is all beneficiary-oriented schemes. He said that Lieutenant Governor has issued strict guidelines in this regard.

Meanwhile a delegation of contractors apprised Kumar about their developmental works in the department and urged all the pending amounts may be released on priority. They said that they had worked promptly to revive the dysfunctional toilets across several schools in Kashmir division.

A delegation of masters apprised the Commissioner Secretary about various issues regarding their service matters.

Another delegation of teachers working in the school education sought promotions as per the rules and regulations. They said that promotions were granted, following the seniority lists.

A delegation of unemployed music student and scholars sought implementation of music subjects at all school and college levels.

Another delegation of Mass communication and Journalism students also demanded implementation Journalism, Public Relations and Multi Media Production, subjects at all school and college levels. They said at a time when media was acting as a driving force behind governance, there was a need to implement these subjects and bring some remarkable changes in the educational sector.

Another delegation of Parents Association of Private Schools, Kashmir, apprised Kumar about the “step-motherly” treatment of some of the private schools toward their children. They alleged in their application that some of the Private schools resorting to harassment and demanding extra fee. They also demanded that Fee Fixation Committee should be made functional.

A delegation of from far-flung area of Baramulla district demanded Zoology and Botany for their Higher Secondary School. They also demanded that 11 posts vacant—lying vacant in the schools should be filled immediately.

Another delegation form Nishat, Srinagar demanded enhancement in financial assistance scheme for physically-challenged persons of Jammu and Kashmir.

During the camp several service matter cases were also taken up. The deputations sought an early redress from the Government.

A deputation of Tool Tax Plaza demanded Government should look into their grievances.

Various individuals also highlighted their issues including compensation, subsidy under several centrally sponsored schemes in the Education and Social Welfare departments.

The Administrative Secretary assured the deputations and individuals that all their issues would be looked into for redress.

Administrative Secretaries to hold Public Grievance Camp in Srinagar on Feb 20-2020

SRINAGAR, FEBRUARY 19: Principal Secretary, Revenue Department, Pawan Kotwal and Secretary, Power Development Department, M. Raju, would convene a day-long Public Grievance Camp at Banquet Hall, Srinagar on February 20-2020 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

People can register their grievance and developmental issues during the daylong camp.