Senior CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam M Y Tarigami on Tuesday said that the decision of the Jammu and Kashmir government to regulate the prices of textbooks and uniforms of private schools in the state should be implemented in letter and spirit.
In a statement here Tarigami said, “Till now the Government has failed to put a control on the nexus between the private schools and publishers, who are fleecing parents by selling textbook and notebooks at exorbitant prices. The government’s failure has resulted in public outrage. There is no uniformity as every private school has its own set of textbooks being prescribed to the wards which results in murky business of commission. This has been going on for years and it is a practice which is beneficial for both publishers and private schools. But the parents are bearing the brunt of this nexus which needs to be broken.”
He said that the Government must immediately issue instructions to private schools to stop this illegal profiteering by selling books at exorbitant rates. Special inspection teams need to be constituted who could visit the schools to check this practice. Strict action must be taken against those who resort to illegal profiteering by selling textbooks at exorbitant rates.