Govt cracks whip on private schools

Asks Them To Adhere To SRO 123 Or Face Music | Pay ‘Reasonable’ Salary To Teachers

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 19 2017 12:44AM | Updated Date: Nov 19 2017 12:44AM
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The J&K government has invoked SRO 123 for renewal of no-objection-certificates (NOCs) of private schools in Kashmir.

The development comes days after secretary school education Farooq Ahmad Shah had directed the chief education officers (CEOs) to seal unregistered private schools functioning in their respective districts.

The directorate of school education (DSEK) in a fresh communiqué issued on Monday has asked private schools to seek renewal of NoCs within the terms prescribed under SRO 123.

"Apply for renewal of all types of NoCs . . . in terms of SRO 123," the fresh order reads.

Besides, the DSEK has also instructed the private schools to pay “reasonable” salary to the teachers and other staff as per the minimum wages act directing that the payment thereof shall be made through cheques.

“The salary structure so allowed shall be duly notified, along with the other service conditions including inter alia matters of CP fund, leave of different kinds and pension, gratuity as the case may be,” it reads.

The private school managements have been instructed to arrange regular in-service training of teachers including orientation and refresher courses on the basis of actual need from time to time. “Institute an appropriate mechanism to ensure that services of teachers or other staff is not dispensed with at will (and) without due regard to the principles of equity and fair play," it reads.

Also, according to circular the authorities have asked the school managements to notify every disciplinary action or proceedings, if and when warranted, to the chief education officer and zonal education officer concerned.

"The action shall be conducted consistent with due process of law and also notified to CEO and ZEO concerned."

The department has also reiterated that details of the fee structure should be notified in leading news papers before the commencement of each academic session. "There should be no enhancement of fee without approval of competent authorities," the circular reads.

The department has also directed them to deposit due share subscription on account of games fund, Red Cross fund with respective offices in terms of the orders in force.

The directions have been issued at a time when private schools are facing severe criticism for 'fleeing' parents by charging money under different categories.

Meanwhile, the department has also asked the private schools to furnish correct and complete information as per format provided by CEO or ZEO concerned for “updation of District Information System of Education (DISE) and Education Management Information System (EIMS) against the proper official receipt.

“Any deviation or default in adherence to the norms/rules laid down and the orders/instructions issued from time to time shall render the school liable for strict action which may include withdrawal of recognition, besides other penal action under law,” the circular reads.

 

WHAT SRO 123 SAYS

The private school should be located in noise free zone with a classroom space of around 1-2 square meters per student. 

Every school management should have set up the parents’ association for decision making processes.

The school should have clean drinking water facility besides a playroom of 150 square meters. 

The school should have separate and multiple toilets for boys and girls, multipurpose laboratory in an area of 75 square meter and an extra classroom in case more than fifty students are in one class.

Principal’s room in primary and middle schools should comprise minimum area of 150 square meters with at least one more staff room of 100 square meters.