BY: Ajaz Ahmad War
Srinagar, Feb 15: As Schools in Kashmir are opening after nearly two years due to article 370 abrogation and ragging Pandemic of Coronavirus the parents are starting to feel the heat in terms of the increased fees by the schools in private sector.
Charging of exorbitant fees in private schools is a major cause of concern in Kashmir. Steep hike in tuition fees along with additional costs such as fees for transport, extra-curricular activities and sports will add much burden on parents.
Private schools in Srinagar District are especially raising the fees.
The different private schools have on their own hiked the fees in the Kashmir valley. This is greatly hitting hard already scores of parents whose economies Coronavirus has rattled.
Talking on this issue , The President Kashmir Private School Association Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) G N Var stated :”
School opening is a very good Development. When everything is open we could not have delayed for long the school opening .The issue of increase or hike in fees needs to be looked from broader perspective if one looks into the upper end or quote ,unquote elite schools they have no reason to increase the fees or churn out human resources as they hardly witnessed any downfall in income , while as scores of middle rung private schools catering to poor and lower middle class have suffered and some percentage of increase by them is justified .”
The parents of the Kashmir valley are stating that since the Government has in an appreciable manner banned the hefty donation amount the schools are finding other ways to fleece the parents by tuition fees, bus fees, annual charges etc.
One hopes those at helm of affairs will keenly look into this aspect.