Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Joint Coordination Committee of Private Schools (JKJCCPS) has hailed Governor JK Satya Pal Malik for taking into consideration their demands of annual fee hike.
In a statement, President JKJCCPS Showkat M Chowdhary hailed the decision of the Committee for Fixation of Fee for Private Educational Institutions of J&K allowing private schools to raise their fee structure by 6 per cent annually.
Chowdhary said the order to this effect is a result of meeting with Governor followed by series of meetings with FFC. He said
He also hailed Advisor to Governor Khurshid A Ganai for taking pains in the regard.
However, he urged the Fee Fixation Committee to allow annual hike of 8 percent to 10 percent as requested by the Joint Coordination Committee.
FFC in its fresh Order No 01-FCC of 2019 issued on January 28, 2019 decided to allow private schools to raise their free structure annually by not more than 6 percent on the fee structure existing as on 1 August 2018.
As per the order, the Private Schools intending to revise the fee structure more than the prescribed ceiling of 6 percent shall apply to the Fee Fixation Committee for approval.
Chowdhary said regulation of the fee structure for private schools is a welcome step however it should be in accordance with the annual inflation which stands over 12 percent at national level.
Notably, JKJCCPS has been approaching the Chairman Fee Fixation Committee repeatedly over the matters concerning private schools and sought permission for the enhancement in the annual fee and transportation fee.
“FFC gave hearing to our representations and we provided inputs on our expense incurred on imparting quality education to the students in order to urge the committee to allow private schools enhance the fee annually. The committee issued fresh orders which incorporated our concerns and suggestions for regulation of the fee. We thank Fee Fixation Committee for issuing the fresh order in our favor,” said Chowdhary.
Chowdhary, however, urged the Committee to allow enhancement of the fee by at least 8 per cent.
JKJCCPS has also taken exception to the order of doing away with one time development fee charged by the schools.
JKJCCPS said the development fee is charged as per the School Education Act which is taken one time only from the students used for the development of school infrastructure which ultimately helps students to get quality education.
JKJCCPS urged FFC to reconsider its oder on development fee.
JKJCCPS has also urged its members to implement the new order in letter and spirit and approach the FCC for any hike beyond 6 percent.