Post Mortem

School fees during the pandemic

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 12/1/2020 12:54:39 PM IST

 This year has now come to its end. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned all our world fully upside down and there is nothing that has not been affected by this pandemic.

Amongst many of the things, the academic life of our school going children has also been greatly affected to the extreme of remaining indoor, locked at home for fear of being infected by the COVID-19 till date. There has been a lot of discussions and speculations all through this year amongst many sections of parents, school proprietors, students union and the general public about exempting/waiving certain amount on school fees, since no classroom classes were conducted for the whole year after few days of school admission except online classes. What use to be a normal of 8 to 9 of school hours has now become an hour or two of online classes.

  We really appreciate all the teachers for putting their extra effort during this uncertain times and helping our children, despite of many problems which they themselves are going through. But we hope school proprietors will also understand and exempt certain amount of school fees, say at least 25 percent, as many parents who are daily wage earners, small business people, petty traders etc have been really hit hard by this pandemic.

This doesn't mean that teachers' salaries should be deducted, but it should be understood that utilities such as electricity, water, toilets, generators, libraries, laboratories etc, besides all these school facilities like co-curricular activities and school premises are not being used for almost whole year due to the effect caused by the pandemic, but the fees for all these above mentioned school curriculum have already been paid by the parents during school admission.

Therefore at least some compromise should be made by them too, rather than sending notifications to the parents to clear up the school fees even for January- 2021(for the next academic session) if they wish to procure their kid's final progress report.

The state government should also work out some modalities like in other neighbouring states of Assam and Meghalaya, where exemption of school fees have been ordered by their government and have come to the rescue of the suffering parents.

    Even if others fail to notice or understand the plight faced by the parents with less income during this most difficult time, students organizations are expected to play the most vital role for the welfare and well being of the students and their parents by looking on every angels and understand the situation, instead of being one sided.

One sad thing in this scenario is the school which are run by some students leaders, some affluent churches or some individuals/families from missionary aided background are not exempting even a small fraction of amount for the whole year. If such is an example set by them, what can we expect from others ?

Let some humanitarian thought and deed take place in a land where we proudly call ourselves a Christian state.

H. Khetoho Aye, Dimapur

 

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