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Private schools forcing books and uniform from specific shops in Jammu; Govt issues warning

Last Updated on April 17, 2021 at 6:12 pm

Directorate of School Education Jammu has issued a warning to the private schools asking parents to purchase books and uniforms from particular shops.

“A number of complaints are pouring in from different quarters against the Private schools regarding various issues viz purchase of text books/stationary items/school uniforms etc from a particular shop. In view of covid-19 pandemic almost every sector has suffered and under such circumstances, it is very tough for the parents to bear extra burden for purchase of books not prescribed by the Board to which the school is affiliated and uniform etc that too from a particular shop” a notice by the Education department state.

Resorting to such illegal practices by few private schools is against the ethics and norms/ guidelines issued by the governments from time to time.

The notice further states, “In this context, attention of the management of all private schools is invited towards ‘the advisory’ issued by this office vide No. DSEJ/Pvt/10852-68 dated 19.05.2020 wherein it has been made amply clear that all schools shall notify through their websites the list of subjects and the books prescribed by the Board to which they are affiliated and no other subject or book shall be made mandatory”.

Under no circumstances, any school shall ask parents to buy books from a particular book shop

tand no school shall prescribe or ask any parent to buy books for pre-primary classes (Nursery/LKG/UKG). The school shall send activity based learning modules of children of classes of 1st and 2nd for learning.  

As the schools are already closed vide Government Order No. 19JK (DMRRR) of 2021 dated 15.04.2021 and it has been ordered to provide the education through online platforms to the students so the question of asking students for buying & wearing uniform is illogical and irrelevant and must be desisted.