Srinagar April 5: Education Minister Naeem Akhtar on Sunday emphasized upon the need for public debate on the issue of heavy capitation fees that has become an evil practice in private schools.
The Education Minister made a ‘Loot’ remark that got the goat of many private schools in Kashmir. Akhtar made this remark referring to the excessive fees charged by the schools at the time of admission, and in return the schools termed it highly unfortunate that the Minister had made such a point.
Naeem Akhtar said to media persons, “Capitation fee in private schools needs to be discussed in public so the people can express their views and vision over this fad.”
He further added, “Let there be a public debate over this trend. In a democracy, everyone has a right to express his or her view over any issue that affects the society at large. We have to put our own house in order and for that the consolidation of opinion is important.”
The education minister said that it is a welcome process where now there is already a debate over the present education system in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Private schools United Front (PSUF), however, termed the ‘Loot’ remark made by the Education Minister as highly unfortunate. The PSUF spokesperson said that the private schools can even provide free and quality education to each and every student in Kashmir if government spends just half of its education budget on private educational institutes.
“The use of word loot by an education minister is highly unfortunate. For them hoarding and selling of low quality item by shopkeepers is an aberration but providing of best quality education against some fee is loot,” said G N Var, chairman PSUF. “Maybe for them the work done by government schools is some kind of charity. Before making such remarks they forget that their own sons and daughter study at these schools.”
As reported in The KM