Srinagar: The Parents Association of different private schools in the Kashmir Valley staged a Dharna on Thursday in Srinagar in support of their demands, including waiving off annual fees, transport charges and concession in monthly tuition fees.
Raising slogans in support of their demands, the members of the association were holding placards which reads “No Annual Charges”, “No Transport Charges” and “Stop harassing parents and students”.
They alleged that despite announcement by Private Schools Association J&K (PSAJK) that all schools will offer concession to students for the months when all educational institutions remained closed due to lock down in view of COVID-19 pandemic, parents are being forced to pay even transport charges by the school managements.
There was total lockdown since March in view of COVID due to which people suffered financially as there was no work, they said adding some people even were facing starvation. How is it possible for a parent to pay school fees and transport charge when there was no income, the parents association said adding there is still no stability in the market.
Besides demanding total waiving off annual fees and transport charges, the parents demanded that they should be allowed to pay tuition fees in instalments instead in one go which was not possible for them.
Our children are being humiliated by the school management and asked to pay before their results and other documents are released, they alleged.
They appealed to Lt Governor, Advisor and secretary Education to intervene and save the future of children who are not in a position to pay tuition fees in one go.