IMPHAL: The All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) on Monday urged the state government for implementation of The Manipur Private Schools (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2017 and Hostels/Boarding Regulation Act starting from this ongoing session in every private school in the state.
The state government had issued orders to private schools with regards to submission of detailed reports on two occasions, i.e May 30, 2020 and June 8, 2020, but a majority of the private schools undermined the government order.
The AMSU in its press release signed by Publicity and Information Secretary, AMSU HQ Lhunpao Lupheng asked for what reasons and what secrecy to hide, the private schools have delayed in submitting the basic details statement to the government and for the knowledge of the entire stakeholders till now.
It is very disheartening for the entire population that more than 800 of the 1200 recognised private schools in the states have ignored the government stipulation. The government should consider taking up disciplinary actions against the defaulting schools and even take up steps for accrediting fresh recognition of schools.
It stated that though the private schools have started collecting monthly tuition fees and admission fees amounting to considerable sums, the teachers and non-teaching staff have been paid less that their usual salaries. AMSU asked if the deduction during payment of salaries a ploy because the school authorities were afraid it will lead to exposition of the huge amount of income generated. Do not see the students as a commodity, do not make the education schools/institutions into a manufacturing unit. Starting from this session, the private schools must show openly details about the collection of admission fees and monthly fees etc, the release added.
The students’ union expressed its appreciation to the state government for issuing an order in consonance with the students’ union appeal against collection of monthly tuition fees from the students during the lockdown period. The union further expressed its satisfaction over the government notification for payment of monthly salary for the teachers and non-teaching staffs o of private schools which is to be done in three categories for four months i.e April, May, June and July.
It also further stated all must pay attention to the education sector now and punish all individuals/persons who have been misleading people and creating chaos in the education sector. AMSU informed that if there is any complaint or problem related to this matter the bereaved parties can approach the students’ union.