In order to curb the what parents alleged as ‘fleecing’ by private educational institutions in state, deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand on Tuesday issued directions for constitution of a high level committee under the Chairmanship of a retired Judge of High Court to be nominated by the Chief Justice, J&K High Court for reviewing and fixing the fee structure for private schools in the State.
In the meeting chaired by Tara Chand, it was also decided that the Committee will examine whether the private schools are charging any capitation fee and whether these institutions are indulging in profiteering.
Tara Chand directed for sending the panel to the Chief Justice of J&K High Court for nominating Chairman of this Committee.
In addition, he also directed the Secretary to Government, School Education Department to constitute a committee comprising of prominent educationists representing different sections and regions for framing an inclusive and effective education policy for the State.
The Deputy Chief Minister directed for framing a transfer policy for regulating transfers and postings in the School Education Department, which should be pragmatic and will take into consideration the topographical and climatic factors and period spent by officials in challenging environment/locations.
The Deputy Chief Minister also decided for reviewing SRO 123 of 2010 dealing with the private educational institutions and directed that the relevant provisions of the Act be also amended to make it more pragmatic.
To streamline the system, Deputy CM also directed for issuing an educational calendar for every academic year, both for winter and summer zones.
It was also decided that School Education Department shall take up the matter with Public Service Commission and Services Selection Board for fast tracking recruitment process as about 20,000 posts of different categories are lying vacant in the School Education Department.