by Urvat IL Wuska
SRINAGAR: The parents of children enrolled in private schools on Thursday staged a protest against the alleged harassment they are facing from private schools in the name of fees.
Scores of parents assembled at Press Enclave under the banner of parents association of private schools Kashmir (PAPSA) and demanded relaxation in school fees.
Protesting parents holding placards in their hands that reads “We are not ATM Machines’’ and “Stop making education a business” demanding to implement Right to education properly in the valley.
Parents said that a lot of schools have hiked tuition fees and are demanding bus fees and annual charges as well.So they demand a reduction of the tuition fees to 50%.
Khurshid Ahmed, President PAPSK said that assignments are not being given to the students and parents have been told that their wards will not be allowed to appear in the examination if the fees are not paid. “Private schools should stop making education a business.”
Another parent said that “There is a devastating financial crunch so we cannot afford the different charges in these conditions. Even if there are some guidelines from the government no one is following them so there must be a check on them”.
The parents also said that they have already raised their issues to various officials but all goes in vain. So they requested the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to intervene into the matter so that the students could continue their studies without any problem.