More than 50000 institutions across the state of Rajasthan have called a strike to fulfill their demands. As a result, all the private schools across the state have suspended online classes for the students. The demands of the institutions include payment of reimbursement for admissions under the Right to Education [RTE], no cuts in the tuition fees, and withdrawal of guidelines issued on fee collection after reopening the schools.
Anil Sharma, President, School Shiksha Pariwar Sanstha in Rajasthan said, ‘Over 50,000 private schools across Rajasthan are on strike since November 5 and we have suspended online classes. After the Covid outbreak, the state government had deferred the payment of fees for private schools. The 11 lakh teaching and non-teaching personnel at these schools are in dire financial condition as the schools couldn’t pay them.’
The Rajasthan High Court on 23rd October 2020 had administered that considering the difficulty of private schools, the state government of Rajasthan shall issue essential guidelines by 28th October regarding the interim fees they shall be permitted to charge subject to a final decision. As long as the schools are closed, the students will be charged capacity building fees that would be 60 percent of tuition fees, said the government on 28th October 2020.
After reopening, CBSE schools could charge only 70 percent of the total fees that were charged in the previous session. The Rajasthan Board schools could charge 60 percent due to the syllabus reduction, said the government. Sharma further added, ‘We demand that the October 28 order by the government be withdrawn immediately and the reimbursement for RTE admissions be paid.’
‘When schools reopen, what will be the logic for charging fewer tuition fees as for us the cost of manpower and other facilities will be the same as it was before the Covid crisis? We also want the government to ensure that students from affluent families or whose parents are government employees, pay the fees so that we can waive off the fees for needy families.’
Arvind Agarwal, the President of Sanyukt Abhibhavak Sangh, a parents’ association said, ‘Many schools are charging excess money in the name of online classes. At present, there is no system in place to monitor the quality of online classes. We urge the government to ensure a detailed mechanism of online classes.’
Moreover, the schools need less infrastructure for online classes, and them charging excess money doesn’t make sense. The 60 percent fee fixed by the government for capacity building classes is not acceptable to us. Due to decreased income in wake of the pandemic, we won’t be able to pay excess fees. We also have to arrange for laptops and other gadgets so that the students can take online classes, which is an extra cost.’
Govind Singh Dotasra, the Education Minister of the state said that necessary action will be taken against schools that don’t organize online classes despite taking fees for it. He spoke at a press conference regarding the same. Keep in touch with this website to get the latest educational updates.