Imphal: The All India Students’ Federation (AISF) on Thursday has demanded that the administration order for collection of 30 percent monthly school fees in all private schools and aided schools should be revoked immediately.
According to a press release of AISF signed by its Secretary, it was stated that the number of private schools in the state are mushrooming day by day. They are collecting tuition and admission fees according to their wishes but the government remained a silent spectator in this matter.
“Isn’t there any specific rule and regulation that regulates establishment of new private schools? Are they allowed to establish schools according to their own will which are turned into a factory for earning money? … some schools put their own logo in the school uniform, exercise book and put logo in various other items which collect huge revenue including those from underprivileged families in the name of giving them education to the students. Isn’t it the duty of the government to look into such matters?” the federation questioned.
The release further said that collecting tuition and admission fees by the schools from the students and selling of essential commodities at their own will is not a sign of good governance.
On the other hand, School Students’ Parents and Guardians Association of Churachandpur (SSPGAC), which was previously known as Parents Association of Churachandpur, has expressed its gratitude to private schools for deciding not to take tuition fees for the months starting April to September.
In a press release signed by its secretary, Syama Tungdim said on Wednesday it was stated that the decision was made in collaboration with KSO, MZP, SSPP, AMSU and AMSGO.
The association strictly followed the announcement by the director of Education (S) that no school fees will be paid during the lockdown period while the subsequent order by the commissioner of Education (S) and Hill Districts Recognised Private Schools’ Association, Manipur (HDRPSAM) that the order that was circulated on October 11, 2020 was unacceptable, said the release.
If any parents or guardians have any problems, they can contact the association for stopping the payment of tuition fees of their children, it added.