SRINAGAR, June 11: The High Court has asked the state government to form norms for fixing pupil-teacher ratio in coaching centres across the state.
In this regard, the court has asked commissioner secretary education and divisional commissioners of both the divisions to file compliance report before the next date of hearing in the matter.
The direction followed the submission of the petitioner’s counsel that the pupil-teacher ratio maintained by the tuition/coaching centres has adversely affected the teaching standard in coaching centres across the state. State government has now been asked to frame the norms in consultation with the concerned experts.
Meanwhile, the divisional commissioner Kashmir has been directed to ensure that no unregistered coaching centre is allowed to function in Kashmir division. He has also been asked to submit a list of un-registered tuition /coaching centres besides informing the court that whether all of them have been closed or not.
The divisional commissioner Kashmir has further been asked to furnish the list of registered coaching centre to the concerned bank authorities so as to enable these coaching centres to operate their bank accounts.
On April 8, 2015, the High Court had ordered closure of all unregistered coaching centres within three days even as it issued notice to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, asking him to show cause why action under rules shall not be initiated against him for non-compliance of its orders.
“In order to maintain majesty of rule of law and majesty of Courts, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir to show cause why action in accordance with law be not initiated,” a division bench of Justices Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Ali Mohammad Magrey, had directed while taking strong exception to the failure of the officer, who heads a panel constituted by the court, to close down the unregistered coaching centres in the Valley.
The bench had also directed the Committee which was constituted by the Court on December 30 last, to close down all unregistered coaching Centre.
“The compliance report be filed within three days time before the registry failing which, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir shall appear in person on April 11,” the bench said, adding, “The stand taken by the Divisional Commissioner, prima fade, constitutes contempt of the court.
The division administration has identified 65 unregistered coaching centres while there are 40 others whose registration is pending for want of inspection report from Chief Education Officers. At the same time, 41 coaching centres have been granted registration.
2015 Kashmir Despatch