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‘Unrecognised’ private school leaves Bijbehara students in lurch

Kashmir Reader 2017-12-08 00:52:03

Anantnag: A private school in Bijbehara town of Anantnag has duped over two hundred students on the day when the first batch was supposed to receive roll number slips for a board examination.
A month after the school administration went into hiding, no FIR has been registered, police says even as the education department officials maintain that a report has been lodged.
According to reports the administration of Kashmir Public School (KPS), located in New Colony area of Bijbehara town, left its 8th class students in a lurch, on the day students waited to receive their roll number slips.
“I have been studying at the school since the beginning. Ours was the first batch to reach to the level of appearing in a board examination. The school administrator, who was also the principal, made us wait through the day but did not appear at all,” said Amir Hussain, a student at the school.
He said that worried students and parents went to the police and later to the district administration.
It was, as per sources, on the detections of the district administration that the students of class 8th were registered at different government schools and provided roll number slips just in time for their exams.
The rest of the students have been admitted by their guardians in other private and government schools.
The parents allege that the education department has been in slumber all these years.
“Irony is that a full-fledged school with hundreds of students enrolled runs for over a decade without registration and no one from the department tries to find out whether the school has been recognized or not,” a distressed parent told Kashmir Reader, requesting not to be named.
Other parents demanded stringent action against the administrator Gulzar Ahmad Shah.
Sources said that the school was not registered even to the primary level.
When contacted Chief Education Officer (CEO) Anantnag, Ghulam Rasool Shah, told Kashmir Reader that a case has already been registered in this regard and police were investigating the case.
Asked about his department’s laxity, Shah said that the school might have had recognition earlier.
“He might have had recognition earlier and then failed to renew it. He, as per reports, used to register his students through a different school but fell apart from the school this year,” Shah said.
The police however refuted that an FIR was lodged in this regard.
“Nobody came to us for an FIR,” SHO Bijbehara, Mohammad Anzar, told Kashmir Reader.
The parents say that they have lodged a formal complaint against the school administration.
They alleged that police have taken all the records from the school but are avoiding registration of an FIR for ‘unknown reasons’.

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