Srinagar: In a breather for private schools, the Fee Fixation and Regulation Committee (FFRC) for private schools has once again granted an extension to the institutions for submission of school records for approval of fee structure.
The order in this regard has been issued by administrative officer FFRC NazirulHussain Shah.
“All the private schools if J&K UT are directed to submit the files by or before July 31 failing which action in accordance with law will follow,” the order said.
Notably, the process for document submission was initiated in January this year but the private schools were repeatedly given extension to submit the school documents for approval to fix or enhance the fee structure of the school.
The extension is granted to private schools amid the complaints from the parents against these institutions for overcharging the fee from the students during the lockdown period.
Earlier, the FFRC citing busy schedules of various school managements extended the last date for submission of documents for seeking approval of fee structure up to May 10 which was earlier fixed as March 22.
Before that the schools were supposed to submit the documents in mid-February. Now as per the latest order of the FFRC, the last date has been extended up to July 31.
“The committee received representations from private school associations and individual private schools for granting extension in time period for submission of information citing reason that the schools are reopening alter a long spell of closure due to COVID-19 and the school managements are busy in preparations for opening of schools and having in place the SoPs,” the fresh order of the committee reads while justifying the previous extensions granted to private schools.
The order states that the Chief Patron J&K Private (un-aided) schools coordination committee Srinagar, Prof. C L Vishen and Principal Baramulla Public school again prayed for extension in the date of submission of files for fixation of fee of the schools.
“The matter was placed before the Chairperson for consideration who observed that sufficient time has been granted to private schools for submitting documents as already directed,” the order reads.
It however states that the time was extended twice earlier at the request of management of private schools. “In the interest of justice, the last opportunity of one month is provided to private school managements who have not complied with earlier orders, to submit their files by or before 31,” the order reads.
The extension is granted to private schools amid the complaints from the parents against the private educational institutions for overcharging the fees from the students.
Earlier, nine private schools of Srinagar district were warned of de-recognition by the school education department for fleecing parents by charging other fees and bus fees during the closure period.