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Week after school re-opened in Kashmir, FFRC allows private institutes to hike transport charge by 12%


SRINAGAR: Barely a week after schools were re-opened across Kashmir amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Committee for Fixation and Regulation of Fee of Private Schools of Jammu and Kashmir (FFRC) on Friday allowed Private School Management to hike transportation fees by only 12 percent.

FFRC has accordingly directed the Private school managements to increase the transportation fee by 12 percent, which was being paid by the students availing transport facility in October-2019 in the winter zone and Feb- 2020 in the summer Zone.

“This hike will be operative from the date of re-opening of schools vide orders supra,” it reads.

FFRC said that with the reopening of schools various complaints were received and are being received by the committee, alleging that the private schools have made a huge increases in transport fees.

“It is also alleged that the private school managements are demanding payment of advance transport fee either for full session or 50 per cent of the total fee. The schools also seek an undertaking from the parents regarding advance payment of fee,” reads the statement of FFRC.

FFRC said that the matter was placed before the committee in its meeting and it was decided that, “As a temporary measure and till such time a final decision is taken, the school managements shall make 12 per cent hike on transport fee, which was being paid by the students availing transport facility in October-2019 in winter zone and Feb- 2020 in summer zone.”

It was also resolved that no private school shall seek any undertaking from parents or the students for advance tuition fees and transport fees. “The practice is illegal and shall not be allowed.”

The Committee accordingly directed that no school shall seek any type of undertaking from the parents of the students for advance payment of tuition fee, transport fee or any other fee. “However the parents are at liberty to pay the fee monthly or quarterly,” FFRC said—(KNO)


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