Imphal: The All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) has on Tuesday stated that the order issued by Education (S) recently regarding collection of 30 percent monthly school fees from the students and payment of 50 percent of monthly salary to the teachers of private schools starting from the month of April lack logic. The union had reiterated the stand to fight against the permission for collection of school fees saying its view on the matter have very clear and firm then and it is now.
The statement was made by the HRD Secretary of AMSU Pebam Bruce during a press conference held at its office at DM College complex while addressing media persons. Bruce said that the monthly salary of teachers should be managed by the school authority during the pandemic time.
It may be mentioned that a circulation from the state government has been widely circulated to management of private schools to submit the detailed fees structure of their schools. But more than 50 percent private schools have failed to submit the detailed structure of school fees. Now, the question to the present government is what kind of steps are being taken up by the government against the school authorities who had failed to submit the detailed reports of fees structure, he asked.
The HRD secretary continued to urge the state government to fully accept the conditions forwarded by the students’ union in the interest of the students’ community in particular and people of Manipur in general. We also want the private school teachers who are always deprived for their rights to come forward and demand what are their genuine rights from the school founders and administrators, he said.
According to Bruce, his union had heard reports that many private schools’ authorities have put pressures upon the parents/guardians of the students to clear all the school fees amidst this pandemic. The AMSU appealed that until and unless an amicable solution is brought about between the government and AMSU as well as other stakeholders on the matter of fee collection, the school management should stop such pressure on the parents/guardians.
If such private schools do not stop at their undesirable activities at the earliest, then the students’ union will enforce various kinds of democratic agitations and will even contemplate taking up an actions against the school authorities. The unwanted consequences that arise from such demonstration will be made responsible to the school, he said. Saying that the AMSU has information that school fees were already collected by the schools through intimation to the parents, Bruce demanded that such way of collection of fees should be stopped and the amount collected should be returned to whomever it was taken at the earliest.