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J&K Govt orders private schools built on ‘state land’ to suspend schooling

By: Bhat Imran

Srinagar, Jun 23: J&K’s School Education Department officials on Thursday said that they had received directions from administrative authorities to stop schooling in all those private schools that were functioning from the state land in Kashmir division.

Thousands of students are likely to be affected by this move. It is not immediately clear how the examination and school transfer process would work in the middle of the academic session for these students. What is also not known is the fate of the staff of such private schools, which include some of the biggest schools of Kashmir valley.

News agency Kashmir News Observer (KNO) has learnt that Chief Education Officers (CEOs) of Kashmir division in this regard have received the list of all those private schools that were functioning from the State or Kahcharaie land.

In one of the notices issued by the CEO Budgam, the direction reads, “In the backdrop of directions of higher authorities in pursuance, all the Heads of such private schools of the district, operating on state or Kcharaie land are directed to close the schooling of the enrolled children with immediate effect.”

The CEO said that the heads of the institutions have been asked to issue the school leaving certificates in favour of their respective students so that they will be accommodated in nearby government schools, subject to the consent of their parents in this regard.

“The matter is of urgent nature and there is no scope of any kind of laxity,” he said.

He said, “According to the list provided by the revenue department, there were nearly 50 such private schools in Budgam district that were functioning from the State or Kcharaie land.”

Meanwhile, another CEO wishing anonymity said that all the CEOs of Kashmir valley have received the same order from the revenue department wherein they were given a list of private schools that were functioning from the State or Kcharaie land. —(KNO)

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