The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) Wednesday issued a notice to officials of State's Education department on a plea seeking directions to private schools from charging tuition and transportation fees for unrest period in Kashmir.
Acting on a complaint filed by social activist, M M Shuja, the rights body ordered issuing of notice to the Principal Secretary of the Education Department and the Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) seeking a report on the matter. The Commission listed the application for next hearing on December 26.
The petition has been filed at a time when students and their parents have been subjected to grave mental agony by the management of private schools by charging transportation and tuition fees for the period when schools were shut in the region.
"From July 9, due to of unrest, all educational institutions including private schools remained completely closed till date. No academic activity could be undertaken which has adversely and completely affected the rights of students. Neither there has been any formal or informal class work in the educational institutions nor any private school was able to put in place the system of transportation for students from their residence to their school premises," the petition reads.