No Fee To Be Paid In Private Schools From November 2022 To March 2023 In Jammu And Kashmir
The Jammu and Kashmir Committee for Fixation and Regulation of Fee of Private Schools (FFRC) has directed all schools not to charge annual fees for the period from November 2022 to March 2023, as per an official statement. The move came followed by the change of academic calendar by the government. The announcement was made on November 2, 2022.
Managements of all the private schools “are restrained from charging and collecting annual fee for the period November 2022 to March 2023. Any breach of this order will result in initiating action according to law,” M H Attar, FFRC chairman Justice (retd) said.
Furthermore, the FFRC order was issued in response to Tyndale Biscoe and Mallinson School, and two other affiliate institutions. It asked parents to pay an annual fee for the five-month period as the current academic session had been extended by virtue of the government order.
In addition, the FFRC directive said that during an interaction with the managements of these four schools, it was made clear to the schools that in view of the government order the new admissions will commence from the month of March of the calendar year.
“It was thus impressed upon these authorities that the school managements’ notice to the students to pay annual fee for the months November 2022 to March 2023 is legally not sustainable and the authorities in these circumstances should withdraw the notice,” it said.
“It was made clear to the authorities of this school management that academic session cannot be stretched beyond 12 months period, which now starts from 1st April and ends on 31 March of the calendar year. The period of five months commencing from November 2022 to March 2023 being not part of the academic session, the students cannot be asked to pay annual fee for the period,” the statement added.
Source (With inputs from PTI)