Karnataka: Private school association favours up to 25% cut in fees | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Associated Managements of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS), an association of private schools in the state, has advised its members to reduce the school fees by up to 25% in the best interests of the students.
According to an advisory, the association has said schools can reduce the special development fees and the term fee, which form 10% of the whole tuition fee. It has also suggested waiver of fee for extracurricular activities and schools could consider the minimum use of computers and transport this year.
Many members expressed desire to decrease fee: Assn
Overall, schools, whose fee structure is more than Rs 25,000 a year, can reduce (the fee) between 20% and 25% in the best interest of students’ continued learning and support the parents during Covid circumstances,” the advisory said.
According to the association, many of its members have voluntarily expressed desire to decrease the fees by more than 25% as many students have not taken admissions. “Some parents were categorical they will not take admission this year. They create the wrong precedence for other kids too. At the same time, some schools are seeking complete annual fees at one go. We are asking them to take only part of the fees at one go,” said D Sashi Kumar of KAMS.
It has asked its members to hold talks with parents and give them some time to make admissions by paying a part of the fees.
Other associations like MICSA (Managements of Independent CBSE Schools’ Association) said it has left the decision to individual schools and won’t issue any advisory. Fees has been a sore point this academic year with parents alleging it’s unfair that schools are charging full fees even while many of their infrastructure and other facilities have remained unused. In many cases, teachers bore the brunt by not getting pay. The government has asked school managements to discuss the issue with parent bodies.
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