Boycott on some schools relaxed
IMPHAL: The All Manipur Student Union (AMSU) has gladly accepted the newest arrangement on fee collection and salary payment for private schools which was announced in an order issued by the state education department on November 7, 2020.
In the order, the government had recommended the collection of monthly fees to the tune of 30 percent of the normal amounts from the month of July and payment of the salaries to teaching and non-teaching staff of private and aided schools effective from April which were fixed at 50 percent of the salaries they were drawing.
While briefing the media person at AMSU headquarter office, the general secretary of the union Bipin Chandra Ahanthem stated that schools authorities will be instructed to follow the order and serious actions will be taken against institutions that do not follow the orders.
It also said that AMSU has relaxed its boycott on some of the schools on October 28. The schools which were let off the hook are MEM Higher Secondary School, Unacco School, Kindergarten Montessori School, Comet School, Tiny Tots School and Brighter Foundation School Thoubal and the same decision was taken after the school authorities admitted to their mistakes and administrative errors to the student union, he added.
While, the other schools that have not been withdrawn from the boycott list have been urged to admit their fault with notification at the earliest, to avoid facing the consequences from the students’ organization. It asserted that the recognition of the schools by the government authority can be even terminated without any warning if the concerned institution/ schools refuse to admit to the mistakes.
He also appealed to all the concerned institution authority to exempt fees for those less fortunate parents of the students who have been seriously affected due to this pandemic. It also drew the attention of the concerned government to make an alternative arrangement for the students of Class X and XII who are to appear examination in order to avoid any disruption in their academic careers while seeking necessary arrangement for the promotion of students from Nursery to Class 8 as per Right to Education Act (RTE), he added.
Further, the union urged the parents and schools authorities to stop forcing the students and children to camp at boarding or hostels for their examination reminding that gathering them at one site will compromise their safety aspects amidst this Covid-19 pandemic. AMSU also warned of strong actions against private colleges (under graduate college) and nursing colleges that have been collecting huge fees from the students despite the general hardships.