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JAMMU: Acting swiftly on a complaint lodged by Director School Education Jammu Anuradha Gupta with Deputy Commissioner Jammu Sushma Chauhan, the Domana Police on Monday arrested a self-styled leader of “Parents Association” for unlawful activities.
The Directorate of School Education, Jammu (DSEJ) has appealed to the parents of students of private schools not to get mislead by Amit Kapoor self-styled leader of an unregistered organization called Parents Association.
“This self-styled Association has not been constituted under the relevant provisions of the J&K School Education Act and the Right to Education Act. There are FIRs against Amit Kapooor, the so called chairman of the association for blackmailing. Reports have also been received that he is extorting money from gullible parents on the promises of waiver of school fee. He is giving false statements about full waiver of fee in other States and many other factually incorrect statements,” a DSEJ communiqué stated.
“For the information of all parents, it is again clarified that the government has already given a major relief by asking them to deposit monthly tuition fee only. No other fee is to be charged by any private school during the closure of schools. However, if any parent is unable to pay even monthly tuition fee due to stoppage of salary or income, the concerned school or the directorate can be approached so that his/her case is considered sympathetically on merit”, it added.
The DSEJ communiqué further advised the parents to go through the advisory dated May 19, 2020 issued by this Directorate which clarifies all issues related to school fee, books, online education, etc. “Parents are requested to organise themselves in school specific Associations as explained in the advisory so that the genuine issues of each parent can be addressed properly in a democratic manner. The directorate shall also organise webinars for having direct interaction with parents. Therefore, they are requested to avoid getting mislead by mischievous elements like Amit Kapoor”, it averred.
Any parent having any complaint can call on the helpline number 6006800068 or can register a formal complaint on schedujammu.nic.in/samadhan.
Seeking strict action against Amit Kapoor, letter from Director Education stated, “This person is hell bent upon misleading the parents and also provoking them to blackmail private schools.”
“It may also be pointed out that this self-proclaimed leader who has a history of blackmailing and FIRs lodged against him, has been defaming the departmental officers without any basis”, the aforesaid communiqué reads.
Meanwhile, Private Schools’ Association of Jammu (PSAJ) in a press release has lauded the step taken by Directorate of School Education Anuradha Gupta, Jammu for recommending strict action against a history sheeter Amit Kapoor who was resorting to hooliganism and misleading people with regards to fee collection by the private un-aided educational institutions.
The Association said that the action taken against Amit Kapoor has been a long pending demand of the schools, educationists and respected members of the society. “The history sheeter Amit Kapoor has been organising illegal protests in front of many schools and issuing baseless statements which created huge confusion and created a huge gap among public and the schools. Despite the directions passed by High Court and the Department of Education time and on, this self styled leader who used to mislead parents of UT J&K is provoking them to go against the law. Certain other third party actors at the same time tried to mislead people by asking them to refrain from paying any kind of fee thus jeopardising entire education sector,” said Dr Ramma Mattoo, Spokesperson of PSAJ.
The Association said, “With regard to fee collection all schools are committed to abide by the directions of High Court and the guidelines issued by the Directorate of School Education and every step is being taken to tackle the whole situation in a humane manner”.
While schools have heaved a sigh of relief on the action taken by Director of School Education, Anuradha Gupta, Jammu against Amit Kapoor, the Association further demanded that such strict action be taken against other third-party actors too who defame schools, officials and the whole teacher fraternity for their ulterior motives.
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