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Schools charge for shutdown period in Valley
9/22/2019 9:45:48 PM
Early Times Report
Srinagar, Sept 22: Private schools in Kashmir too are asking parents to clear the school and bus fee of August and September.
"The students have not gone to school since August 3 but the school authorities have asked me to deposit the fees for months of August, September and October," said Shakeel Ahmad, whose son is studying in a renowned missionary school in Srinagar.
Ahmad and other parents like him said that they were furious that the school authorities asked them to pay even the transportation charges for the period when even schools didn't open for an hour.
An administrator of a leading school in Srinagar said that parents pay fees even during winter vacations when the schools remain closed for three months every year.
"We have to pay the salaries to staff and there is no alternative but to charge the students," he said.
Asked why transport charges are being recovered from the students when the buses are not plying, he said, "We have taken buses for schools after taking huge loans from banks. We have to pay interest on the loan and plus the salaries to drivers and conductors of the buses."
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