The Jammu and Kashmir Private schools United Front (PSUF) association of Kashmir Monday condemned the ‘partisan’ attitude exhibited by education department towards a particular private school in the valley over all other schools.
In a statement, the front said, “government is now openly promoting a particular school at the cost of poor students.”
“Delhi Public School is allowed to remain open on Sundays or other holidays without being questioned by the education department,” said G N Var, president PSUF.
“Last day (Sunday), the school was open right under the nose of government. We don’t have anything against DPS, but if any other school remains open on Sunday, it is being immediately raided and shut down. We want to ask why such biased approach is exhibited towards us,” Var said.
The front said that the ‘pampering’ of one school is gross injustice to all other schools.
“We have lost so many school days and we want to compensate the children for the same, but we are not allowed to do it,” said Var. “DPS even conducted exams in winter when we were disallowed class work.”
The front asked the government to treat every school equally and give education of children priority over the brand of a school. “The law of land should be followed by everybody and only that will bring equality among all students,” said Var.
“If government doesn’t desist from such practices, we will be forced to take some hard decisions.”
The front threatened to open schools on holidays too to complete the academic calendar of 2015.
“We are left with few months of this academic year and government too is undecided on declaring March session as permanent session. In such a case we need more time to complete the syllabus. So if one school opens on holidays we will also follow the suit,” said Var.
“We will declare our own academic calendar and which will be followed by thousands of schools for the benefit of students. We have only four months left and we have to go for out of box thinking to exploit the limited time. We will do what is best for the children,” he added.