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PSAJK appeals parents to pay fee for survival of schools

Schools facing financial crunch, can’t expect unpaid teachers to conduct online classes 

(Asian News Hub) – Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) today appealed the parents whose wards are studying in various private educational institutes to pay the school fee as most of the schools are on the verge of closure due to the financial crunch.

The Association said that the fee paid by a student is the only source of income for a school and if that income won’t come on time then it creates a survival issue for the educational institute itself.

“As of now the physical classes in the schools are closed but every school is trying its best to compensate the loss by way of conducting online classes. Teachers have to do twice as much work to conduct these online classes,” said G N Var president PSAJK.

“When the same teacher can’t be paid on-time how can we expect him or her to teach the students. We know that online classes are no match to physical classes but still it provides something to rely on.”

The Association said that there are recurrent costs for school but the income is either stagnant or has drastically gone down. “Number of our schools are on the verge of closure. If the schools get closed in the absence of collection of fee, it will destabilise entire education sector. All our progress achieved during the last three decades will be lost,” said Var.

“The future of lakhs of students will be in jeopardy and livelihood of more than 60,000 persons will be lost.”

The Association said that it is a social issue and the society needs of come forward at this juncture. 

Lamenting on the role of government in saving the educations sector, the Association said that there seems to be no roadmap before government in this regard. “All packages, policies, guidelines etc seem to be on paper only.

We are yet to see government work on ground for saving the education sector especially securing the future of students and livelihood of more than 60000 teachers and other staffers,” said Var. “It seems education is of their least priority for the current officials at helm.”

The Association said that despite promises there has been no relaxation for schools with regards to official paperwork. “There was promise of grant of extension of registration and other NOCs but in reality everyday schools are being forced to get the certificates regarding affiliation, registration etc. Penalties are being levied on us.

There is no relaxation in taxation too. In short there is no relaxation given to schools and in return every school is being forced to teach students free,” said Var. 

The Association demanded that current registrations should be extended to 2022 due to the extraordinary situations we are facing.


In absence of family, Muslim neighbours perform last rites of elderly Pandit in Pulwama

(Asian News Hub) – The Muslim neighbours in Tahab locality of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district performed the last rites of an elderly Kashmiri Pandit on Saturday.

According to the news agency—KNO, Pandit Makhan Lal (70) breathed his last at his home in Tahab on Friday late night, plunging the whole locality in mourning.

Soon after the news of his death spread, the local Muslims made special arrangements to perform his last rites. They also ferried firewood to cremate the deceased.

“It is in our Islam to take care of our neighbours irrespective of their religion,” Zubair, a local resident said.

He said that his family members were in Jammu and it is their duty to perform his last rites.

Makhan Lal was a retired employee in BSNL and died after brief illness. He is survived by three daughters and two sons.

Notably, Makhan Lal was the maternal uncle of chief medical officer Pulwama, Dr Ramesh Mall.

Pandit families who are residing in Tahab locality did not migrate from Kashmir valley during the early 1990’s and instead decided to stay put. Since then the two communities have lived in the locality in harmony and have always shown compassion to each other.


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CRPF man among six die of Covid-19 in Kashmir, toll 2,678 in J&K

(Asian News Hub) – At least six persons including a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who were tested positive for COVID-19, died on Saturday evening in Kashmir, taking the toll of deaths to 2,678 in Jammu and Kashmir.

An official told that six patients who died include 50-year-old CRPF man of 96 BN posted in Anantnag, 45-year-old man from Rajbagh, 58-year-old woman from Harwan, 55-year-old man from Chadoora, 50-year-old man from Iddgha and 85-year-old woman from Chadoora.

He said that three deaths were reported at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura while one death was reported at SMHS Hospital Srinagar.

He further added that one each death was reported at JVC Bemina and CD Hospital Dalgate.

With six fresh fatalities, the death toll related to Covid-19 in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir mounted to 2,678.


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CRPF man dies of Covid-19 at SKIMS Soura

(Asian News Hub) – A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) man, who was tested positive for COVID-19, died on Saturday at SK Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Srinagar.

An official told that a CRPF man identified as Abhimaniya Sahu of 96 BN CRPF posted at Mattan area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district died at SKIMS Soura days after testing positive for COVID-19.

He said that the CRPF man was admitted in the hospital on Saturday morning where as, breathed his last this evening.


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