Pinched by demands of private schools to pay fees for unrest period, various parents delegations have sought intervention of joint resistance camp to impress upon the private schools to waive off tuition fee and other charges for period their wards didn't attend educational institutions due to prevailing situation.
Sources informed that various parent delegations called on Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and sought his intervention in the issue which the parents across the Kashmir who are facing financial hardships due to economic and business activities coming to a halt.
One of the transporters said that during the recent meeting held at the residence of chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani representatives from private schools offered full support to separatist leadership and urged them to carry forward the ongoing movement. "Transporters have been the worst hit in the present unrest. But same representatives are forcing us to pay tuition and other dues of our children enrolled in private schools," he said.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq confirmed to Greater Kashmir that various delegations called on him. "Representatives from various school parent bodies and individual parents have approached the resistance leadership and requested them to highlight their concern that private schools on the pretext of assignment submission, assessment and promotion of their wards are demanding fee from them as per their usual norms, which in the present situation is very difficult for them," he said.
"Keeping in view the prevailing situation for the past four months, we appeal to the private schools, that they give relaxation in the school fee for this period, on no profit basis," he added.
"Parents have said that they understand that schools have to pay salaries of all school employees including school bus drivers and conductors and are ready to do so. But they (parents) should not be forced to pay that part of the school fee which amounts for the schools profit during this time," he said.
Mirwaiz also requested those parents who are in a position to pay full fee to keep in mind the concerns of the majority of parents who are not able to do so.
Lauding the people, Mirwaiz said that the way the nation has displayed complete solidarity with one another during extreme repression, is highly commendable.
Mirwaiz appealed to private schools associations including the missionary schools that keeping in view the present condition and problems faced by student and their parents it is imperative upon them to take a lenient view with regard to school fees.
He said that the people of Kashmir acknowledge the services rendered by the missionary schools in the noble cause of spreading education in Kashmir and see them as a part of our composite society and hence expect them to be sensitive to the interests and concerns of the nation at this juncture and extend their support to it.