Speaking to Education Times, Rajesh Kumar Singh, founder and MD, Kunwar’s Global School, Lucknow, says, “Due the nation-wide lockdown, several people have lost their jobs which has made it difficult for them to pay their children’s school fees. In such hard times, schools must take sensitive decisions towards the problems faced by the people by reducing the fees,” says Singh.
Sr Christina SCV, principal, De Paul Public school, Kalpetta, Wayanad, Kerala says that to mitigate the hardship, most schools had already reduced the fees. “Given the financial and emotional hardships being faced by parents, we already had reduced the fee by 30% last year,” says Sr Christina, adding that further fee reduction will lead to severe repercussion on salary of the staff.
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“Despite fee reduction, we have to pay full salary to our teaching and non-teaching staff. Post the pandemic, investment on technology has also been added in the list of expenditure,” she adds.
Saving on miscellaneous expenditure
Singh who supports the decision of the Supreme Court, believes that schools should give fee compensation to the parents as they have been saving on miscellaneous expenditure such as water cost, electricity cost, stationary or transport cost.
Fee reduction should not create a huge impact on the routine functioning or maintenance of the schools till the resumption of physical classes. “The reduction of fees charged for such facilities will not only reduce the burden on the parents’ but will even help them in these crucial times,” he adds.
Involvement of parents
Involving parents in fixing school fee structure can be a good idea as this will make the parents aware of the functioning of the respective schools and the motive behind charging fees for several on and off-campus facilities. “This will also make sure that the schools are not charging excess fees for personal profits and commercialisation,” says Singh.