In order to facilitate the functioning of private schools, the Education Department of Jammu and Kashmir has ordered partial modification in School Act, 2000.
In its order, the education department has decided to modify the practice adopted since January 2016 of extension in affiliation/recognition for longer than two years period and upto five years.
According to official documents, copy of which is available with JK Newspoint, the criteria shall be two years in respect of schools affiliated with the JKBose for period less than five years, three years in respect of schools affiliated with the JKBose for more than five years but less than ten years and five years in respect of schools affiliated with the JKBose for more than ten years.
Hailing the move of the education department, various social organizations welcomed the decision. Movement for Peace, Equality& Justice hailed the positive approach of Education department particularly Education Minister Naeem Akhtar, who is honestly leaving no stone unturned in streamlining the derailed system.
Hither to fore, the private schools in the remote and far-flung snow bound area had to run from pillar to post for fulfilling the undesired formalities.They further urged upon the Education Minister to issue recognition orders in favor of those private schools that are functioning for last more than ten years at the time of issue of above mentioned modification order and in favour of those schools whose, affiliation order has been issued for 3 years only instead of 5 years in a meeting held on 25-07-2016 in the BOSE campus Rehari Colony, Jammu, which are functioning last more than ten years. Similarly, the release said that SRO 123 of Education department need also be withdrawn/modified because it is not practicable at all and is violently discriminatory vis-à-vis Government schools & Private schools.
In order to avoid harassment to the Private schools, the order approved by the state affiliation committee in BOSE, headed by Commissioner /Secretary Education department with regard to extension in affiliation/ recognition to Pvt. schools need be uploaded on ‘Net’ to bring transparency in issuing Government order for recognition from Civil Secretariat, the release said.
It is pertinent to mention here that over 1281 private schools are affiliated with the JK BOSE, which included 458 in Jammu against 823 in Srinagar.