Jammu & Kashmir

JK Admin sends ‘eviction’ notice to private schools functioning on ‘state’ land, HC orders status quo

Students offer prayers during morning assembly in Kashmir school. [FPK File Photo]

Srinagar: Following the eviction notice issued to private schools allegedly functioning on state land of Jammu and Kashmir by the administration, the High Court has ordered to maintain the status quo in this regard.

On Thursday, reports suggested that the officers of the School Education Department have been directed to stop schooling in all those private schools that were functioning from the State land.

As per reports, the respective Chief Education Officers (CEOs) of the Kashmir division in this regard have received the list of all those private schools that were functioning from the state or Kcharaie land.

In one of the notices issued by the CEO Budgam, Mushtaq Ahmad Qadri has said that “In the backdrop of directions of higher authorities in pursuance, all the Heads of such private schools of the district, operating on the state or Kcharaie land are directed to close the schooling of the enrolled children with immediate effect.”

The CEO said that the HoIs have been asked to issue the school-leaving certificates in favour of their respective students so that they will be accommodated in nearby government schools, subject to the consent of their parents in this regard.

“The matter is of urgent nature and there is no scope of any kind of laxity,” he said, as per news agency KNO.

Qadri, as per the news agency, said, “According to the list provided by the revenue department, there were nearly 50 such private schools in Budgam district that were functioning from the State or Kcharaie land.”

Meanwhile, another CEO wishing anonymity said that all the CEOs of Kashmir valley have received the same order from the revenue department wherein they were given a list of private schools that were functioning from the State or Kcharaie land.

However, the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh has ordered to maintain the status quo on a plea filed by the petitioners against the closing of schools.

The High Court in an order said the court is satisfied that the petitioners have prima facie made out a case for ad-interim relief at this stage.

The court stated that subject to objections to be filed by the respondents and till the next date of hearing, the status quo, as on date, shall be maintained. It further stated that the case is listed on July 18.


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