Leading private school in Srinagar asks for transport charges during lockdown period

Srinagar, Mar 08: A leading private school in Srinagar has asked the parents of the students enrolled in the school to pay the transport charges of the lockdown period when schools were shut due to scare of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Parents of the students of Iqbal Memorial Institute Bemina told news agency Kashmir Dot Com (KDC) that they have been asked by the school administration to pay transport charges else their wards cannot avail the transport facility for this year.

This direction from the school has been issued to the students and parents despite the Jammu and Kashmir administration having asked the schools not to collect transport and other miscellaneous charges for lockdown period from the parents.

The schools, however, were directed to collect only tuition fee for the online classes.

“We have been asked to pay half of the transport charges by the school administration, which amount to Rs 12000. The schools authorities are not abiding by the government directive,” said a group of parents whose children are studying in IMI, Bemina.

The parents didn’t want to be named as they fear reprisal of their children by the school authorities.

“We urge the School Education Department and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to intervene in the matter and ask the school authorities to abide by the government direction,” the parents said.

However no official from the school was available for comments on the matter. (KDC)

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