Fee issue: ANPSA urges govt to assist lower income section

DIMAPUR, JUN 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/18/2020 1:41:41 PM IST

All Nagaland Private Schools’ Association (ANPSA) Thursday informed that private schools would not be able to give fee waiver as many parents who can pay fees were also not paying and they had many added expenditure.

Instead ANPSA suggested that the government could help low income parents without affecting staff salary by directly transferring money to the needy parents through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT). In a statement, the association claimed that even with full fees, many schools were unable to pay staff salaries or meet the running expenditure.

It claimed there had been added expenditure for schools due to online classes like taking internet connection, purchasing computers and other equipment, arranging transportation for teachers, providing printouts to students, following safety norms, etc.

Even after the schools reopen, ANPSA pointed out there would be lot of safety guidelines due to COVID-19, which would increase the running cost of schools though they had no means of increasing fees mid-year to meet these expenditures, which would only add to the burden of schools.

The statement said drivers and handymen of school buses, staff of canteens, hostels, maintenance staff of schools, etc, were all being paid despite the schools buses not running, canteens and hostels closed and schools shut. 

Under the circumstances, ANPSA warned that survival of private schools in the State were at stake. 


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