IMPHAL: All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) has imposed a social boycott on eight more private schools for their alleged attempt to collect tuition fees from the students during the lockdown period.
The schools are Maria Montessori School, Koirengei; Nawa Sindam Shang, Thoubal Kshetri Leikai; Shishu Nista Niketan, Mayaikoibi; Comet School Changangei; Herbert School, Ghari; Millenium Institute of Sciences, Mayaikoibi; Froebel English School, Kanglatongbi; and Olivia English School, Kanglatongbi.
AMSU HRD Secretary Bruce Pebam in a release stated that AMSU will continue its boycott until the said schools revoked its order to collect fees and urged the parents/guardians and the general public not to extend cooperation to these schools.
The statement further said that the current COVID-19 pandemic has seriously impacted upon the lives of the common people, in particular the daily wage earners, farmers etc. In view of the public suffering caused by the pandemic, AMSU had earlier appealed to the schools not to collect tuition fees during the lockdown period beginning from April this year. The union never intervened in the admission process of the schools, except collection of tuition fees. The union on October 28 imposed a social boycott on some schools which collected fees before a solution to the issue was brought.
The State Government first issued an order restricting the schools from collecting fees from April to July. However, the recent orders issued by the Government allowed the schools to collect fees amounting to 30 percent of the usual rates from the students.
Questioning who influenced the Government to initiate such a step of double dealing nature, AMSU said that the Union considered the stoic silence of the Education Minister and Commissioner (Education) on the issue as an open invitation for a mass movement. The orders issued by the Education (S) Commissioner on October 5 should be revoked. No schools should collect fees for the lockdown period. Salary of the staff should be paid. Schools should put their details in public domain, AMSU said reaffirming its stand.