Denial of Registration at Saint Joseph School Exposes Systemic Failure in J&K Education

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PSAJK asks government to take a humane approach and save future of thousands of students

Srinagar:  The Private Schools Association of Jammu and Kashmir (PSAJK) expresses its deep concern and profound disappointment regarding the recent closure of Registration Return Forms (RRFs) by the Board of School Education (BOSE).

The recent news of registration denial to students of the prestigious Saint Joseph School Baramulla, an institution with a 100-year legacy, has sent shockwaves through the entire education community in Kashmir. If such an established institution can be targeted, then it seems no one is safe.

“We urge the authorities to understand the gravity of this situation,” said a Spokesperson of PSAJK. “This decision is not just bureaucratic, it is deeply emotional. It disrupts the lives of countless families and shatters the dreams of our children.”

These arbitrary decisions have given a permanency on the dark shadow hanging on the future of education in our valley and jeopardized the well-being of tens of thousands of students who face similar situation in other schools. The private schools put in their blood and sweat to teach students and at the end of the year the students are illegally tagged with government school where they have never set a foot.

“We are heartbroken to see the future of our children being jeopardized by the continuation of these insensitive decisions,” said the spokesperson. “The closure of RRFs leaves thousands of students in limbo, unable to register for upcoming exams from their respective schools and thus jeopardizing their academic progression.”

The impact of this decision extends far beyond individual students. With every similar step we may face ultimate closure of hundreds of private schools. It throws the livelihood of thousands of teachers and school staff into uncertainty and threatens the very existence of numerous private schools in the valley.

While we appreciate the efforts of the J&K High Court in directing the authorities to comply with its directions regarding provisional recognition and RRFs, the continued non-implementation of court orders raises serious concerns about the administration’s commitment to the rule of law and the welfare of its citizens.

We urge the Lieutenant Governor’s office to intervene immediately and instruct BOSEK to reverse this decision. We also call upon the concerned bureaucrats to project the real situation on the ground and ensure the smooth functioning of private education in Kashmir.

This system, hell-bent on derailing education in Kashmir, must be reformed. We implore the authorities to prioritise the well-being of our children and work collaboratively with stakeholders to ensure a bright future for education in our beloved valley.

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