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Posted at: Nov 7, 2018, 1:08 AM; last updated: Nov 7, 2018, 1:08 AM (IST)

Authorities fail to check fleecing by private schools

Rifat Mohidin

Tribune News Service

Srinagar, November 6

Despite warnings, private schools in Srinagar continue to fleece parents in the name of books and uniforms. The new academic session in the Valley schools has commenced. Gulzar Ahmad, a parent, said his wards studied at a private school in Srinagar. He said the school authorities provided him a slip to buy books and uniform for the new class from two particular shops in the city.

“I bought books for my son, who is in UKG, for Rs 3,000. The school provided me a slip and asked me to buy books from a particular shop. One book cost Rs 575. This is a norm being followed by schools every year,” he said.

He said the department of school education, Kashmir (DSEK), was slow at taking action against the defaulters. He said it was only issuing warnings without taking any practical action. Most of the parents in Srinagar said the procedure was the same by the schools that were forced to buy books from particular shops.

Earlier, the state authorities had warned the private educational institutions of derecognition in case they sell textbooks and uniform from their campuses or compel the students to purchase material from particular shopkeepers. But despite the fact that schools are openly carrying out the practice, no action has been initiated against them.

An official from the department of education said, “When we get written complaints, we do take action.”

“We will regulate the overall functioning of these schools soon,” the officials said, adding a new policy was being framed.

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