United Association of Recognised Schools of Manipur (UARSoM) has condemned a statement issued by All Manipur Students Guardians’ Organisation (AMSGO) and made an appeal to stop defaming UARSOM immediately.
UARSoM stated that it took the decision regarding the school fees of the students and salary of teachers in accordance with the order of the state government.
UARSoM was reacting to a statement issued by AMSGO on Monday that UARSoM requesting at least 70 per cent of the tuition fees from the parents/guardians is akin to dishonoring the notification of Education (S) that directs schools to collect 50 per cent of the monthly payable fees from students.
AMGSO had also urged the state government to review its order on June 16 that directs schools to collect 50 per cent of the monthly payable fees in the interest of the student community,
A release issued by UARSoM on Tuesday stated that the association has requested the parents to pay 70 per cent of monthly payable fees in view of the hardships faced by the schools during the pandemic.
The request was made since the state government has also stated in order dated June 16 that it has no objection if any parents wish to pay more than the prescribed 50 per cent of the monthly payable fees, it added.
UARSoM has not demanded and made it a compulsion for all the parents to pay 70 per cent payable fees since the association in its meeting held with major students bodies in the state agreed with the collection of 50 per cent monthly payable fees.
Besides, UARSoM had also made it clear that schools should not collect more than 70 per cent of the monthly payable fees. In line with student bodies in the state, UARSoM has taken up many works for the welfare of the students and it will continue to do it, it added.
Meanwhile, a press release issued by AMSGO on Monday had also stated that discussing the matter of the fee after the admission process would be a right thing since many students are yet to get admitted.
AMSGO had also appealed to the state government to formulate a policy programme to ensure students have access to free education during the pandemic while claiming that children of daily wagers whose source of income has been cut off by the pandemic are also attending schools.
It is worth mentioning that the directorate of education on June 16 allowed private and government aided schools to collect 50 per cent of monthly payable fees from parents. The order also stated it has no objection if any parents wish to pay more than the prescribed 50 per cent of the monthly fees in the interest of the teaching community during Covid pandemic.
Reacting to the order, UARSoM on June 18 issued a release requesting the parents to pay 70 per cent of the monthly payable fees in view of the hardships faced by the schools during the pandemic.
However, UARSoM had also requested the schools to collect less than 50 per cent of the monthly payable fees from families which are severely affected by the pandemic.