The decision was taken during a meeting with the officers of Education Department including Chief Education Officers and Principals of Government Higher Secondary Schools.
Bukhari also asked the director of school education, Kashmir to submit a list of teachers, masters and lecturers who work in private coaching centres.
The announcement to shut down private tuition centres comes in the backdrop of spiraling student protests against the Kathua tragedy which forced the state government to close down dozens of schools and colleges in the valley last week to prevent the situation from going out of control. Now, they have only swelled after a public furore over lawyers trying to scuttle Jammu and Kashmir Police's Crime Branch from submitting a chargesheet against the eight accused in the Kathua rape and murder case. Protests by angry students spread to towns and villages of Kashmir early this month after four more civilians were killed in encounters. The decision was taken in an attempt to thwart student protests that have marred the academic session for more than a fortnight now, sources said. "All those private tuition centres which offer tuitions up to Class 12 will be closed for the time being and the decision in this regard will be reviewed on a fortnightly basis", the minister said in a statement.
Principals complained police that were using indiscriminate force on peaceful student protests. While the fate of student was not known, but the viral clip, if authentic, mocks at the claims of state government which has been blaming students for "rowdie behavior" and threatening closure of educational institutes.More news: Grassley Pushes Back at McConnell's Effort to Block Mueller Bill
"We have come to the conclusion that the distractions which affect our educational system... one of those distractions are the coaching centres", he added.
Several students were also injured in clashes with the security forces after they pelted stones in different parts of the valley. Instead, we are doing injustice with somebody to whom we pelt stones upon. In the video, government forces, including those from Jammu and Kashmir police, are seen catching hold of the student inside the college campus and then dragging and beaten him.
Coaching centres, meanwhile, have reacted sharply to the government diktat and made a decision to take legal recourse and approach the high court against the order. Can stones get Kathua rape victim justice? "The police also demand footage of protests to identify protesting students", he said.