NSUI propose measures for schools and colleges

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/21/2020 9:04:15 AM IST

Raising concern over the academic career of students due to the pandemic, the National Students’ Union India (NSUI) Nagaland has called upon people to adopt innovative ways to mitigate problems and has therefore suggested certain measures. 

A press release from NSUI Nagaland media cell stated that, online classes have been adopted by most of the institutions in view of the closure of schools and colleges. However, NSUI pointed out that there was a huge underlying problem due to poor network connectivity. 

In this regard, it urged network service providers to provide seamless internet connectivity at least during the lockdown period to ensure online classes are not disrupted. In the case of middle and primary classes and those from underprivileged backgrounds where online classes were not viable option, the NSUI stated that school authority should ensure that hard copies of study materials were prepared and made available at very reasonable rates. In this connection, the teacher may prepare notes and submit them to the school once a week which in turn could be collected by the parents, stated the release. Taking into account the plight of most of the private school/college teachers who were paid a meagre salary of Rs. 5000-10000 per month, NSUI stated that it would be unjust to demand waiving of school/college fees, but superfluous expenditures maybe cut and the same be refunded to the students. NSUI further suggested that activities such as annual sports, teachers day, parents day, freshers/parting social, retreats, etc maybe be cancelled and the amount for the same be adjusted with the school/college fees.

Touching upon other expenditures such as laboratory fee, computer fee, library fee, ANPSA charges, welfare fund and school/college development/maintenance fees, the NSUI stated that these may also be curbed and adjusted with the school/college fees.  NSUI requested school/college authorities not to pressurise such parents to pay fees on time and instead identify such parents and strategise ways such as extending deadline or paying fees in instalment basis till they are able to pay in full.

Further, NSUI appealed the government to pay private teachers who were receiving meagre salary with an upfront amount as one-time payment to meet the exigencies arising out of the pandemic. NSUI also appealed citizens to stay indoors and practice social distancing and encouraged students to use the lockdown period to enhance their knowledge. 


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