Upwards of 1,483 private and independent schools in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad will stop to direct online classes and other scholastic exercises for three days from Tuesday to challenge non-installment of charges by guardians.
These schools, partnered to the Federation of Unaided Private Schools Association of Maharashtra, have said if the circumstance perseveres even after their dissent, they will be compelled to shut down the schools for the remainder of the year.
The organization is an umbrella group of non-public school relationship in the locale and the state with about 5,800 schools as individuals.
Rajendra Singh, leader of the organization, said installment of expenses has gotten progressively sporadic since the pandemic and ensuing lockdown began.
“We conducted a survey in our affiliated schools, and found that 30% of the parents have paid the fees, about 12% have genuine financial problems, and the remaining are refusing to pay the fees despite them facing no apparent insurmountable economic hardship. These parents refuse to show any documents, and do not answer calls when authorities from the schools contact them,” he added.
Singh said it was impractical to carry on exercises and pay instructors their compensations with simply the 30% expenses and consequently they had resulted in these present circumstances choice.
“We have already told our members not to hike the fees for this year. We also told them not to take fees for any other facilities like annual gatherings, gymkhana, meals, transportation and others. We have also told them to give the parents a facility of monthly or quarterly payment of fees. Despite all this, parents are refusing to pay up. We have our own expenses and we do not get any grants from the government,” Singh said.
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