'Rajouri pvt schools charging fee for SMS'

Already under fire for allegedly charging “exorbitant fee”, some private schools of Rajouri have now allegedly started to charge fee for sending SMS about general information to parents.

Reports said that some private educational institutions of Rajouri, especially in Rajouri town, have started their admission process for the upcoming session, for which they are charging tuition fees and other related fees.

“However, astonishingly, some private schools of Rajouri have started to charge fee for sending SMS to parents about general information, such as parent-teacher meeting, holidays and annual day. The school are also charging enterprise resource planning (ERP) from students,” the irked parents alleged.

The parents, while questioning implementation of norms in Rajouri, said, “Schools are now resorting to new means of fee charging on the name of SMS.”

Demanding a probe into the alleged “fraud”, the parents urged the governor’s administration to intervene in the issue and redress their grievances. “This new surcharge is fraudulent. The managements are indulging in fraud and the government is sitting silent. We appeal to the governor and his administration to come to our rescue,” they said.

Meanwhile, the district administration ordered an inquiry.

In an order issued by the office of deputy commissioner, Rajouri, Mohammad Aijaz Asad, it has been mentioned that the administration has come to know through social media platforms that one of the educational institution of district Rajouri has incorporated Rs 100 as SMS charges and Rs 300 as software charges from students as part of their fee structure.

“A receipt of the same issued by the said educational institution has also been circulating on social media, the veracity of which needs to be ascertained,” it adds.

Taking note of it, the administration said, an inquiry has been ordered and a team to be headed by additional deputy commissioner, Rajouri, and assisted by chief education officer, Rajouri, tehsildar concerned and assistant controller legal metrology, Rajouri will probe the matter.

The committee has been asked to furnish a report within two days, besides examining the monthly and annual fee structure of the schools.