Coronavirus Pandemic: State government asks schools to be "considerate" while demanding fees

The circular asked the authorities to not make it mandatory for parents to pay and inform them about the schedule after the school reopens.

Coronavirus Pandemic: State government asks schools to be "considerate" while demanding fees
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After the schools have suspended classes owing to the lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic, parents and management are in a tussle regarding the fee payment. The state government recently issued a circular asking the schools to be 'considerate' while demanding fees from parents for the ongoing and upcoming academic years. The circular was issued after it received complaints about the same from the parents seeking extension in deadline to pay fees.

The circular asked the authorities to not make it mandatory for parents to pay and inform them about the schedule after the school reopens.

A parent from Navi Mumbai had complained to education minister Varsha Gaikwad that his children's school had been sending him reminders to pay fees by April 10. He said in his tweet that when the country has been going through such tough times, they were being sent reminders to pay fees. He added that the schools had been closed amid the lockdown and a new academic year was yet to start.

However, the school claimed that they needed the money to pay it to the teachers who are currently conducting online classes. Meanwhile, the Thane and Navi Mumbai education departments have asked schools not to demand fees until the situation normalises. 

After receiving repeated complaints, Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena and BJP leader, Mangal Lodha has sent grievance redressal requests to the Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray and PM Narendra Modi.

However, the schools are urging parents to support them through these times. A school trustee told TOI that they are ensuring that the kids continue to learn from home, and the teachers also required to be paid. He assured that if some parents can't pay, they can work out a solution on a case-to-case basis.

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