While addressing a press conference here at Lal Rukh Hotel, Chairman of PSAJK, Ghulam Nabi Var said that the government is pushing the new generation of Kashmiri towards illiteracy and have started the process with maligning the images of Private schools here.
“Government is trying to adopt a new education policy in Kashmir and has begun with maligning the image of Private schools aimed to make Kashmiris illiterate,” he said, adding that the private schools are being targeted selectively while as the missionary schools have been left to do whatever they want.
He said that if the government is tightening noose on private schools then it should act similar with missionary as well as other private schools. “The private schools have made books and uniform available for the students but it is not mandatory for the parents to buy the stuff at school. They have open choice to buy the stuff wherever they want to,” he said.
Var further said that some schools have been closed here for unnecessary things. “Like NIA has tightened noose on Kashmiris, the fee fixation committee is also acting as NIA against the private schools here,” he said, adding that the rules should be equal for everyone and any decision for the wellbeing of students and parents will be welcomed.
Over the last few weeks there has been a sustained effort to undermine the private education sector in Kashmir, which has created a dangerous situation for the entire society, he said, adding that PSAJK condemn the certain lobby in administration and few other quarters who in one way or other are trying to destroy the fledgling private education sector in Kashmir.
“Never in the history have private schools been put under such pressure as are now. Revenue authorities, Legal Metrology Department, Directorate of School Education, Fee Fixation Committee, district administration and everybody who wields some sort of power are swooping down on small private schools to harass them. In the name of selling books, schools are being targeted unnecessarily,” he said.
He said that there is no rule, which specifically says that schools cannot keep books in their schools for sale. “Infact in February this year, High Court in New Delhi had allowed the sale of books, uniforms in schools at the tuck shops set up at affiliated schools across the country, holding that the sale of such items does not amount to “commercialisation” of education,” he added.