Fee Fixation Committee bars schools in J&K from charging fee from Nov to Mar  

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Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir Fee Fixation and Regulation Committee (FFRC) on Wednesday restrained the school management of private schools from charging and collecting annual fee for the period November 2022 to March 2023.
In an order FFRC chairperson Justice (retd) Muzaffar Hussain Attar said any breach of this order will result in initiating action according to law.

In October, Jammu and Kashmir government accorded sanction to implementation of uniform academic calendar in the union territory and conduct of annual examinations in March-April. In wake of the change in academic calendar many schools had asked students to deposit fee from November to March.

The FFRC said the schools which have issued notice to the students to pay annual fees for the months November 2022 to March 2023 is legally not sustainable and the authorities in these circumstances should withdraw the notice.

It was made clear to the schools that the academic session of the educational institutions comprises 12 months.

“…the Government has made it clear that new admissions will commence from the month of March of the calendar year and annual examinations shall be conducted in March-April session in all the Government and Government Recognised Private schools. It was thus impressed upon these authorities that the School Managements notice to the students to pay Annual Fee for the months November 2022 to March 2023 is legally not sustainable and the authorities in these circumstances should withdraw the notice,” the order read.

“It was made clear to the authorities of this school management that academic sessions cannot be stretched beyond the 12 months period, which period now starts from 1st April and ends on March 31 of the calendar year. The period of 5 months commencing from November 2022 to March 2023 being not part of the academic session, the students can not be asked to pay annual fee for the period,” the order added.

The FFRC restrained the school management of private schools from charging and collecting annual fee for these five months
“All the school management of private schools are restrained from charging and collecting annual fee for the period Nov 2022 to March 2023. Any breach of this order will result in initiating action according to law,” the order issued by Justice (retd) Attar said.

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