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    We, the meihikyun team, hereby invite you for open discussion on the issue of payment of school fee during this period of pandemic. Where on the one side, all parents facing financial constraints due to Covid 19 and lockdown of country are demanding waiver in school fee and on the other hand, the teachers are demanding salaries for lockdown period from school management. We consulted all the three stake holders i.e. the parents, the teachers and the schools. We found three type of cases:
    Firstly, the schools which are charging high tuition fees and collecting huge donations at the time of admission, can afford to waive fee for this period and also to pay the salaries to their teachers, due to huge funds lying in their bank accounts.
    Secondly, the schools which are charging normal tuition fees and collecting building funds and not having large surplus funds with them, can afford to forgo building fund and can collect fee at discounted rate so that they are able to pay salaries to their staff, if not full then about 70{551c903f756d5bf12b7d58e2eb1e8b74af35058efa7a05d3e7b41e9147979503}.
    Thirdly, the schools which are charging very nominal fee or run by charitable institutions are not in a position to meet salaries of staff, can adopt two-way approach, i.e. they can accept the discounted fee in instalments and try to collect donations from rich people to pay salaries to their staff.
    We seek your comments / suggestions on the above.


    Schools are not a Non Profit Organizations, nowadays running of schools is a business….

    they know that parents can do anything for their child, so they are taking the benefit of the same.


    I am of the view that the government, schools and parents need to resolve this issue very carefully. Those who can afford to pay the fee, should pay it and those who cannot afford should be allowed waiver. Those who can afford, should consider it as a contribution to society. Such persons, otherwise also contribute to society, by way of donations. At this juncture, billionaires must come forward and help the society liberally because they have more than enough money, with the grace of god and may earn more than that when the society and country bounce back from such pandemic. Moreover, the rich educational societies, charitable and religious institutions, corporate houses should help the needy.


    We usually pay 12 month fee to schools and school vans ,even when they are just working for 10 months in a regular academic year. Institutions like schools have fixed cost to manage. These include costs of maintaining infrastructure, paying faculty and working staff’s salaries. Schools might reduce certain percentage of the fees say 30{551c903f756d5bf12b7d58e2eb1e8b74af35058efa7a05d3e7b41e9147979503} but waiver up to 100{551c903f756d5bf12b7d58e2eb1e8b74af35058efa7a05d3e7b41e9147979503} is not viable. If we think, fee should be waived for all the sections due to lockdown, it’s not justified. Yes, fee can be waived for students coming from lower income backgrounds but waiving it for everyone is certainly not the best decision. Further, government and pvt school are doing their best to interact with students taking never before steps like taking online classes to complete syllabus in the difficult times of COVID.


    I also agree with the above-mentioned comments for waiver of 30-40{551c903f756d5bf12b7d58e2eb1e8b74af35058efa7a05d3e7b41e9147979503} fees for everyone.

    imagine, if we put ourselves in the shoes of Teaching staff then how would we have feel if we do not get our Salary.


    To the extent of my knowledge, schools have a huge amount of funds with them that they collect during various occasions , and its practically impossible to think that they wont be having profit margins. From the day of admission in any of the educational institution to the day the student grasps any degree , educational institution have always been the foremost in making money. If getting an admission in an institute or a school was an easy task then the students who are deprived of education wouldn’t be so. It is just because of their high school fees that disables a lower class family make their children study in one of the best schools or even schools sometimes. So, according to me, there should be some 80-90{551c903f756d5bf12b7d58e2eb1e8b74af35058efa7a05d3e7b41e9147979503} waiver.

    Shaina Sharma

    All schools are not private , and so all schools do not work with the profit motive. Government schools themselves are not fully furnished or well designed, and i dont think they would have huge amount of funds with them. Also the teachers teaching in such schools do not have high pay and no pay during such pandemic would not be good to them. Indirectly, I suppose the schools with the nominal fee or lower fee structure can charge fees from the students but that to with some discount because parents too are burdened.


    I think the simplest way to deal with this issue is to allow full rebate/ waiver to deserving parents belonging to poor or lower middle class whose income is less than certain prescribed amount, to be determined by government. Middle class may be allowed waiver of 30{551c903f756d5bf12b7d58e2eb1e8b74af35058efa7a05d3e7b41e9147979503} fee and others should pay the full amount, treating it as contribution to society.
    School management should calculate the fixed expenses they are incurring and try to collect that after analyses of each student.
    Highly paid teachers and teachers belonging to well to do families may also forgo their salaries.


    Schools are charging exorbitant fees on one or the other ground. Schools are imparting less education and doing more business. Fees should be waived, if not much then also 50{551c903f756d5bf12b7d58e2eb1e8b74af35058efa7a05d3e7b41e9147979503}


    Whatever said and done, the teachers should not be penalised under current situation as they are really working day and night for making ‘online teaching’ a success which no doubt, is going to be the future trend.


    Madam Shaloo

    Nobody is suggesting to penalise teachers. The only point of discussion is about giving relief to poor or lower middle class in school fees. Since, all the schools are saving money on various accounts due to non-operation of schools and teachers are also saving money incurred while commuting to schools. Teachers are also having more time to take tuition/ coaching online, whosoever is doing. So, the discussion is to pass on that benefit to the parents so that they can also get a sigh of relief. Moreover, the private schools which have earned crores or rupees from the parents in the past and have build up empires, can easily give such relaxation to deserving parents.


    Yes, if online teaching will be conducted then schools will not have to spend money on infrastructure. So they can very easily give rebate in school fees.

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