Fee diktat: Schools in Bengaluru ready for legal fight | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: While parents heaved a sigh of relief as news of the fee reduction spread, private schools in Bengaluru were enraged. At least two associations said they will challenge the government order in court.
“We are shell-shocked by the government’s decision,” said Nooraine Fazal of Right To Learn, a coalition of schools across central and international boards. “Will the government refund 30% of our taxes, or cut school costs by 30%, or refund the 100% waiver schools have already given parents or help PM Modi’s goal of achieving education for all by 2030 (NEP) with this action?”
Incidentally, the coalition has already challenged the government order banning online classes in June last year.
“This order comes on top of the government doing little to ensure continuity of learning for children, particularly from less privileged sections of society,” Fazal said. “It obstructs the education of students whose parents have the ability and desire to pay for quality education. It’s disrespectful to all parents, teachers and school managements who have worked 24×7 for the wellbeing of children despite campuses being closed. We will go to court and we will overturn this just as we overturned the illthought-out ban on online learning. The government’s message appears to be ‘we don’t need education’.”
Management of Independent CBSE School’s Association (MICSA) said they too could go to court. “This is just a populist decision,” said M Srinivasan, president, MICSA. “We know some parents need help. We also know all parents don’t need help. The logic should be to take from parents who can pay and help those who can’t. Since when did the government have a say in the matters concerning private schools?”
Associations who had initially agreed to cut fees by up to 30% were also agitated by the announcement. “We are okay with a 25%-30% cut, but this amounts to more than that,” said D Shashi Kumar, general secretary, Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka. “Over and above tuition fees, the government wants a reduction in term fee, special development fee etc. This amounts to 55%-60%.”
Kumar said cash inflows would be severely affected. He said the government could instead have cut salaries of teachers in state-run schools by 20% and used the funds to help teachers in unaided schools. “When it has done nothing, why is it asking us to compromise,” he asked.
However, Lokesh T, president of Recognised Unaided Private Schools’ Association (RUPSA), said they welcome the government’s decision.

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