A union representing nearly 15,000 self-financed schools in Gujarat has decided to stop providing online education to those children whose parents have not paid fees since June and show no inclination to do so in the near future, an official said on Monday.
Jatin Bharad, vice president of the Gujarat Self-Financing School Management Association, said these parents must comply with the school direction if they are serious about their children’s education.
“Private schools have decided to stop providing online education to those children whose parents have not paid fees for the past six months and have stated that they will not pay it in the future as well. Online education will stop if these parents do not meet with the school administration before December 15, ”Bharad told reporters in Rajkot on Monday.
“According to a state government resolution, parents must make a representation to schools if they cannot pay the fees at this time. However, there are parents who have not come personally or bothered to take phone calls from schools since June, “he added.
Naresh Shah, president of the All Gujarat Parents Association, opposed this move and said he would approach the state government to intervene on behalf of students and parents.
“Schools cannot force parents to pay fees, especially when people have been financially affected due to the coronavirus outbreak and closure. This is an injustice to children and we will represent the government in this regard, ”Shah said.
Later, faced with a backlash, Bharad clarified: “We are not asking parents to pay fees. This decision will not affect those children whose parents have made us a representation for late payment of the fee. We have already allowed these children to attend classes online despite not having paid any fees for many months, ”said Bharad.
“This decision applies to parents of the 5 to 7 percent who have not paid fees, are not willing to do so in the future, nor have they contacted us for help. Some parents have told us that they will not pay the full year fee. This decision is intended for such parents, ”said Bharad.