Daily Newspaper of Jammu and Kashmir

Fixation of Fee for Private Schools: Supreme Court issues notices to JK Govt and Fee Fixation Committee

Srinagar, July 15 : The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Jammu Kashmir Government and the Committee formed for fixation and regulation of fee of private schools known as Fee Fixation Regulatory Committee (FFRC) while hearing a writ petition filed by National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) of India Reports said that the court of Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice Aniruddha Bose issued notices while hearing a writ petition in which NISA has challenged the notice issued on January 19, 2021, by said Committee to 442 private schools operating in Jammu and Kashmir. “In the writ petition it has been claimed that the committee has no power to determine the school fees in private schools that don’t enjoy government patronage.” They said that fee Regulatory Committee had directed private schools to file past two years account records for the purpose of fixation of school fees in their schools. As per the reports the private schools from Kashmir Valley have not obliged to the directions so for citing various reasons. “Advocate Kapil Sibal that represented NISA in the court said that Fee Fixation Committee has no mandate to seek accounts and records from those private schools which do not get government aid.” As per the reports the Supreme Court after hearing the arguments issued notice to Jammu Kashmir Government and the Fee Fixation Committee asking them to clear their stand. Pertinently, some of the private schools in Kashmir Valley are aided by the government. Recently, a couple of schools including Presentation Convent and Iqbal Memorial Institute were deprived of facilities being provided by Board of School Education after these schools were found ‘harassing’ parents and don’t complying the government orders. (KNS)

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